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  •  It's possible, but time-consuming, (1+ / 0-)
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    to find out the shared board members. Business Week tracks "relationships" of board members and other insiders. I cannot for the life of me find a top level link, but here's an old family media company, Cox Enterprises, for instance.

    There's a 2002 story about it from USA Today
    . It explains the problem in some detail. Surely there are other people studying this currently; I just can't find them.

    Here's a snip from a well-documented entry at Wikipedia on interlocking directorates:

    Interlocks allow for upper class cohesion, coordinated action, and unified political-economic power.[3] They allow corporations to increase their influence by exerting power as a group, and to work together towards common goals.[4] They help the upper class maintain a class advantage, and gain more power over workers and consumers, by reducing intra-class competition and increasing cooperation.[2][5] In the words of Scott R. Bowman, interlocks "facilitate a community of interest among the elite of the corporate world that supplants the competitive and socially divisive ethos of an earlier stage of capitalism with an ethic of cooperation and a sense of shared values and goals

    •  It would seem tracking would be easier to do now (1+ / 0-)
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      I've seen any number of computer applications that show connections and links between entitities. Getting to it visually should just be a matter of brute labor entering the names of all board members at the selected companies.

      •  The only way to make them accountable (1+ / 0-)
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        to the people is to personalize their crimes, no longer letting them hide behind country club doors, closed boardrooms and impersonal corporate logos.  These people deserve our scorn.  We should see to it that they receive same.

        When the rose lies withered by the roadside don't try to negotiate the bloom.

        by Atilla the Honey Bunny on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 11:18:42 AM PDT

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      •  "brute labor" (2+ / 0-)

        Indeed, that's all I can think. However, I did figure out a way to find the information at BusinessWeek that appears to be kept up-to-date. That would make it easier.

        I did this advanced Google search (don't know how to stop the hyperlink, but want to spread the info about the required search (Koch Industries being just an example, of course):

        Koch Industries

        It got the results I wanted, but it also shows there are many, many Koch corporations -- metals, petroleum, financial, etc., and more subsidiaries than you can shake a stick at.

        The last couple weeks, I've read entirely too much about this -- and am left grateful for my rural, lower-middle-class life situation.

        •  I have no research skills nor great organizational (1+ / 0-)
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          skills.  I would be glad to assist anyone who does.  I think this is the simplest and most direct way to succeed in returning the common good to our body politic.  Expose the interlocking directorates to public scrutiny.  Expose the people who have bought our government.  The people, not the logo.

          Ida Tarbell singlehandedly exposed the inner workings of Standard Oil and John D. Rockefeller, leading to the antitrust movement.  We need a new antitrust movement.  And I believe the best way is taking it directly to the enemy.  Expose the people behind the logos.  And their sins.


          When the rose lies withered by the roadside don't try to negotiate the bloom.

          by Atilla the Honey Bunny on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 05:28:55 PM PDT

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