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As we come to the end of our week celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Peachpit Press (@Peachpit), I speak with publisher Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel (@naruenzel), vice-president of Pearson Technology Group and publisher of Berkeley-based Peachpit Publishing Group. Peachpit is home to the world's leading computer book imprints, series, and authors specializing in design, graphics, photography, digital video, and Web design / development. Imprints include Peachpit Press, New Riders, Adobe Press, Apple Certified Training, and Kelby/NAPP Books. I'll ask her about the anniversary with a look back at highlights of the presses history and what what's in store for the future of the imprint. Please send in your questions via Twitter using the hashtag #alistq, Facebook or email.
Corporations are non-human and non-living. Like a mythic character who has made a deal with the devil, a corporation can live forever and kill with impunity, without being executed or imprisoned. Many are richer than nations, commanding policies, elections, even assassinations in smaller nations.
Worse, recent court decisions give these behemoths even more rights than people. They're now "persons", entitled to rights of free "speech" which in the twisted parlance of the U.S. Supreme Court means they may spend unlimited billions, on any political campaign they wish to influence, and keep it a secret.
Strange since a corporate charter's purpose is to be only a shield for real humans, from liability. When lawsuits hit the fan, a corporation is just a pile of legal papers trotted into court. At no time is it ever a person.
Corporate scandals? Toxic spills and death? Wow, tough break. Jobs going offshore? Too bad. Hand over the subsidies, schedule the next bailout, and be quiet. Corporations now own American politics.
How did they get so much power? Can it be dismantled? In this interview with ShiftShapers co-host Daniel Kerbein, Ted Nace, author of Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy, probes the roots of corporate power.
That group of privileged men we revere as the Founding Fathers despised corporations. The Virginia Company killed thousands of women and children through ill-treatment on forced-labor tobacco plantations. The East India Company attempted to monopolize American goods, resulting in the merchant-led rebellion known as the Boston Tea Party.
Ted Nace is a long-time activist, currently director of CoalSwarm, a clearinghouse for anti-coal activists. His most recent book is Climate Hope: On the Front Lines of the Fight Against Coal. He was also CEO of Peachpit Press, a publishing firm he founded.
Christopher Breen (@bodyofbreen) has been writing about the Macintosh since the latter days of the Reagan administration for such publications as MacUser, MacWEEK, and Macworld. He currently writes Macworld's Daily Tips, as well as Game Room, the magazine's monthly games column. When not engaged in journalistic pursuits, Chris works as a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay area. Please send in your questions via Twitter using the hashtag #alistq, Facebook or email.
Robin Williams is the author of dozens of best-selling and award-winning books about the Macintosh, including the groundbreaking The Little Mac Book and Robin Williams Mac OS X Book. She is an icon in the Mac community. Through her writing, teaching, and seminars, Robin has educated and influenced an entire generation of computer users in the areas of design, typography, desktop publishing, the Mac, and the Web.
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Scott Kelby (@ScottKelby) is an Editor, Publisher, and educator. One of Scott's 50 books, The Digital Photography Book, vol. 1, is the best-selling book ever on digital photography and is a recipient of the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award. Please send in your questions via Twitter using the hashtag #alistq, Facebook or email.
Ron is an accomplished screenwriter, director, award-winning video producer, speaker, business coach, and author. For the second consecutive year he was named to the EventDV 25, one of the top 25 event videographers in the industry as voted by his peers. Ron is also producer and host of the popular photography industry podcast F-Stop Beyond. He writes a weekly blog about business, branding and the visual arts at bladeronner.com. Ron is co-author of the PeachPit Press book "ReFocus: Cutting Edge Strategies to Evolve Your Video Business."