UPS was founded in 1907 by 19 yr. olds James Casey and Claude Ryan, using two bicycles, a phone, a tiny office in a saloon, and a borrowed $100. United Parcel Service has become a multi-billion dollar corporation.
TVs emit a tone during ad breaks that are inaudible to humans but that smartphones are listening for; now corporate entities can link the tv & phone as belonging to the same person. It means government entities can play a tone through the TV and ping all the phones in the room, identifying the whole group.
The company Samsung accounts for 15% of South Korea’s entire economy, and that South Koreans often live in Samsung owned apartment buildings, can get treatment from Samsung-owned medical centers, go to Samsung universities, and even end up at a Samsung funeral parlor when they die.
The Dodge Brothers sued Henry Ford in 1919 on the grounds that a company should act in the interests of its shareholders and not for the good of society, its customers or its employees.
The inventor of the office cubicle grew to believe “The cubicle-izing of people in modern corporations is monolithic insanity.”
A USMC General and Medal of Honor recipient wrote a bestselling book describing how wars exist to enrich corporations. In 1935.
Monsanto once created a town in Illinois so it could build a factory in a town with low taxes and lax regulations. The town is now home to a huge superfund site.
Nestle actively supports child trafficking and child slavery in Africa to obtain cocoa. Several organizations have been trying to end Nestle’s involvement, and in 2005 Nestle signed an ILO agreement to stop supporting child labor. 10 years later, Nestle hasn’t stopped.
When slaves were freed in the USA, some towns in the south would arrest young black men for not having a job and then sell them to corporations like US Steel as slaves for the duration of their sentence.