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Captured - The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy

Sheldon Whitehouse

In Captured, U.S. Senator and former federal prosecutor Sheldon Whitehouse offers an eye-opening take on what corporate influence looks like today from the Senate Floor, adding a first-hand perspective to Jane Mayer's Dark Money. Americans know something is wrong in their government. Senator Whitehouse combines history, legal scholarship, and personal experiences to provide the first hands-on, comprehensive explanation of what's gone wrong, exposing multiple avenues through which our government has been infiltrated and disabled by corporate powers. Captured reveals an original oversight by the Founders, and shows how and why corporate power has exploited that vulnerability: to strike fear in elected representatives who don't "get right" by threatening million-dollar "dark money" election attacks (a threat more effective and less expensive than the actual attack); to stack the judiciary—even the Supreme Court—in "business-friendly" ways; to "capture" the administrative agencies meant to regulate corporate behavior; to undermine the civil jury, the Constitution's last bastion for ordinary citizens; and to create a corporate "alternate reality" on public health and safety issues like climate change. Captured shows that in this centuries-long struggle between corporate power and individual liberty, we can and must take our American government back into our own hands.

In Captured, U.S. Senator and former federal prosecutor Sheldon Whitehouse offers an eye-opening take on what corporate influence looks like today from the Senate Floor, adding a first-hand perspective to Jane Mayer's Dark Money. Americans know something is wrong in their government. Senator Whitehouse combines history, legal scholarship, and personal experiences to provide the first hands-on, comprehensive explanation of what's gone wrong, exposing multiple avenues through which our government has been infiltrated and disabled by corporate powers. Captured reveals an original oversight by the Founders, and shows how and why corporate power has exploited that vulnerability: to strike fear in elected representatives who don't "get right" by threatening million-dollar "dark money" election attacks (a threat more effective and less expensive than the actual attack); to stack the judiciary—even the Supreme Court—in "business-friendly" ways; to "capture" the administrative agencies meant to regulate corporate behavior; to undermine the civil jury, the Constitution's last bastion for ordinary citizens; and to create a corporate "alternate reality" on public health and safety issues like climate change. Captured shows that in this centuries-long struggle between corporate power and individual liberty, we can and must take our American government back into our own hands.
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In Captured, U.S. Senator and former federal prosecutor Sheldon Whitehouse offers an eye-opening take on what corporate influence looks like today from the Senate Floor, adding a first-hand perspective to Jane Mayer's Dark Money. Americans know something is wrong in their government. Senator Whitehouse combines history, legal scholarship, and personal experiences to provide the first hands-on, comprehensive explanation of what's gone wrong, exposing multiple avenues through which our government has been infiltrated and disabled by corporate powers. Captured reveals an original oversight by the Founders, and shows how and why corporate power has exploited that vulnerability: to strike fear in elected representatives who don't "get right" by threatening million-dollar "dark money" election attacks (a threat more effective and less expensive than the actual attack); to stack the judiciary—even the Supreme Court—in "business-friendly" ways; to "capture" the administrative agencies meant to regulate corporate behavior; to undermine the civil jury, the Constitution's last bastion for ordinary citizens; and to create a corporate "alternate reality" on public health and safety issues like climate change. Captured shows that in this centuries-long struggle between corporate power and individual liberty, we can and must take our American government back into our own hands.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Melanie Wachtell Stinnett, Michael Bybee

Length:

9h 1m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:26


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:33


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:53


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:31


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:06


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:09


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:26


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:14


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:23


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:39


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:21


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:44


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:33


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:34


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:39


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:31


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:41


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:36


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:24


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:35


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:06


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:14


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:43


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:59


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:57


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:35


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:48


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:16


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:42


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:46


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:41


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:54


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:51


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:47


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:46


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:31


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:25


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:30


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:37


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:11


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:01


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:42


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:23


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:10


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:31


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:20


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:16


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:47


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:16


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:00


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:35


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:16


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:09


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:00


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:26


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:59


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:14


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:01


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:29


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:09


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:33


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:58


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

00:36