Video lecture by Richard White

27 05 2009

Richard White

A very interesting video of a lecture by Richard White (Stanford) on “Corporations, Corruption, and the Modern Lobby: A Gilded Age Story of the West and the South in Washington, D.C.,” from the Southern Spaces journal website. Arguing that ‘we cannot fully understand our system of governance or the economic world we have created without understanding how corporations have comandeered the political process in order to compete with each other,’ White revisits the late nineteenth century railroad wars between Tom Scott and Collis P. Huntington. He discusses how these powerful and desperate men created strategies of finance, communication, and politics, as well as ‘friendship’ networks in order to shape beneficial relationships with the federal government — practices that continue in the present.”

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