In this article I focus on corporate power and the false jobs versus human rights dichotomy, extending it to include jobs versus human rights. Using the coal, prison, and oil pipeline industries as examples, the paper explores the ways in which corporate industries gain and maintain local power. I discuss the false narratives and language that industries use to convince people of their importance, showing how they exploit poverty and unemployment to become the single industries dominating localities. Ultimately, this paper demonstrates the fallacy of the jobs versus environment and human rights dichotomy and demonstrates the ways that the coal, prison, and oil pipeline industries feed off of and rely on each other to create a corporate state that depends on environmental and human exploitation. The paper ends with examples of resistance to corporate power that fights for an alternative vision.
"Don’t Bite the Hand that Feeds You: Environmental and Human Exploitation Sold as Prosperity,"
Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities: Vol. 9
, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/tapestries/vol9/iss1/4
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