The private corporation has become the key ingredient in modern-day imperialism, allowing big businesses to profit at unprecedented rates while abusing the individual, underpaying and mistreating workers, raping the land, and depleting the world’s natural resources.
One of the biggest corporations sweeping the globe today with its corrupt practices is WalMart. Known for its “falling prices,” WalMart currently boasts store locations all throughout the
The history of corporate greed is not a recent phenomenon. One of the most notorious corporations in the world dates back all the way to 1871: the famous fruit company, Chiquita Banana (formerly known as the United Fruit Company, until the name change to Chiquita Brands International in 1985).
In 1998, investigative reporter Michael Gallagher, while reporting for The Cincinnati Enquirer, published an article which would later go down as one of the most controversial reports in corporate history. Gallagher had uncovered over 2,000 internal voicemails from “a high-ranking Chiquita executive,” the contents of which exposed many of the corporation’s corrupt practices, including, but not limited to, the following:
Yet corporate greed is not contained simply to the violation of worker’s rights and the destruction of the environment at the hands of its pollutants. Perhaps one of the greatest criminals in corporate corruption are the war profiteers. Ever since the Second World War brought a nation out of its greatest economic depression, war profiteering has yet to receive much criticism in the media. And so, today, in the endless atrocity that is the War in
Bechtel, the San Francisco-based construction and engineering conglomerate, was contracted by the
The greed of corporate imperialism knows no bounds; and the scary thing is, there seems to be no good reason why. Would it really be such a great sacrifice for a multi-billion dollar corporation to pay its workers a decent wage, provide them with health insurance, and guarantee their basic rights as workers?