Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights - Thom Hartmann This may be the most important book you will read in the 21st century.

Thom Hartmann makes a devastatingly powerful case that corporations, mainly through establishing the status of a natural person through the court since the passage of the 14th amendment and subsequent legal cases, are now in the position of subverting democracy and becoming, no...became... the primacy controlling body in the country and the world. Personally, just from observation, I think this is obvious. However Hartmann does some incredible research from the American Revolution through the first case establishing, erroneously from Hartmann's perspective, human rights for corporations and up to our current supreme court allowing corporations to have unlimited spending in public campaigns, effectively drowning out the average citizens' voice while squashing same citizens' attempt to protest or control corporate abuses. Hartmann makes a very effective case for the current corporate system as Neo-Feudalism and something that is far from the democratic system, or for that matter any capitalist system, envisioned by the founding fathers. The author also includes reasonable steps the reader and organizations can do to reverse this trend. Read this before it is too late. It may already be too late.