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Trains, trainers, ideas of beauty, swimming pools, drinking water, gas, electricity, time off, food, medicine, old age, blenders, politicians, computers, mobile phones, genetics... From our basic needs to social values, from the natural world to political structures, all are increasingly controlled, or mediated, by profit-driven corporations. Entrenched within modern society as the primary providers of essential goods and services, corporations are the dominant economic form of the present day.
David C. Korten (2001) When Corporations Rule the World
George Monbiot (2001) Captive State: The corporate takeover of Britain
"The corporation's... legally defined mandate is to pursue, relentlessly and without exception, its own self-interest, regardless of the often harmful consequences it might cause to others." - Joel Bakan, The Corporation, 2005