Huge corporations now control America's body politic by reason of their bald-faced purchases of the three branches of the American government and America's major media.
by Ken Reiner: firstname.lastname@example.org
05/09/03: I view
the continuing growth of corporate power and its despotic
control of governments throughout the world, including our
own, as a socio-economic disease.
While Mussolini and others named it
"Fascism," I call it "Corporism"
because that name better reveals its underlying
I would define Corporism as the domination of
government and society by the emergence and power of the
giant publicly-traded multinational corporations and
financial institutions, organized in totalitarian
hierarchies, which singly and in combinations buy or
destroy their competitors, corrupt the politics of
nations, and seize, hoard, and wield for themselves most
of the wealth of the human race.
We must recognize that we do have this cancerous
disease, what it is doing to us and the world we live in,
how it came about historically, and how and why it
continues to be generated and sustained now in our
as computer viruses find their ways into the software of
our computers and destroy their operation, Corporism,
promulgating itself by financial, legal, and technological
means, has infected society in ways that lead to the
hoarding of human resources, increasing insecurity and
misery for the bulk of the world's population, perhaps
even to worldwide holocaust.
We must conquer this disease if we are to survive.
Long before the birth of the American Republic, the
British crown adapted the corporation that was the form of
ancient universities into a device to dominate British
colonies throughout the world, including those on this
their "crown corporations" the Kings of England
and their designated agents governed, taxed, and
controlled the production and trade and skimmed off the
profits of their colonial lands and subjects, enforcing
their reign by military means.
When our forebears revolted, defeated the British,
and formed the United States, we also wiped out the King's
ceased to exist here. That was part of what independence
meant to our founding fathers.
By the time of our civil war, however, the "robber
barons," those famous, greedy, wealthy, ruthless
American industrialists, had again found ways to establish
device of British kings to their own aggrandizement.
In court case after court case for almost a century
and a half, corporation lawyers have refined and perfected
the legal immunities and powers of these artificial,
state-created, wealth-hoarding, irresponsible entities.
Beginning in 1886, they prevailed upon the U.S.
Supreme Court to grant them virtually all of the
constitutional rights of citizens.
This in effect allowed them to resume the role of
their royal predecessors in ruling the country.
In cahoots with their banks, huge corporations now
control America's body politic by reason of their
bald-faced purchases of the three branches of the American
government and America's major media.
In consequence, by the beginning of the 21st Century
the United States had ceased to function as a republic,
much less as a democracy.
These giant corporations, headed in most instances
by members of an extremely wealthy elite group of
multimillionaires and even billionaires, subvert healthy
enterprise and true entrepreneurship.
One percent of those at the top of the economic
scale now have as much wealth as the bottom 95%, and the
ratio keeps worsening.
We humans, reduced to being "the non-corporate
citizens" of the United States, retain only those
rights and benefits that Corporate America allows us.
Corporations in essence now elect and control our
government, write virtually all its laws, and have control
of the police, the courts, and the military.
This same Corporate America, ensconced now as
"the only superpower," through its foreign
subsidiaries and the state-corporate world-governing
instruments, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization,
and the International Monetary Fund, effectively controls
the entire world. We
Americans have come full circle in these past 225 years.
We overthrew the British King's corporate rulers in
1776, but now we suffer the domination of American
corporate rulers who are also colonizing the rest of the
world on behalf of themselves.
Is this the land of the free our forbears fought
with their lives to establish?
Do we have any chance of peacefully co-existing
with the growing number of nations our multinational
corporations are exploiting and impoverishing throughout
the world? Half
the world's people are being thrown into greater and
greater poverty, starvation, and despair as they lose
their means of livelihood, their health, their cultures,
and their hopes for self-government and self-sufficiency.
They, like us, can find no ways to improve their
access to and control over their governments.
But they know where the power center is, in New
York and Washington.
On September 11th, 2001, just a few men, probably
no more than 19 of them, organized into four bands, and
armed only with box-cutters, hijacked four commercial
airliners from three separate airports hundreds of miles
apart and, in a painstakingly planned suicidal operation,
flew two of the planes into America's famous trade-center
towers which came crashing down, another into one of the
five wings of the Pentagon, and another into the earth in
Pennsylvania, the target still not known or revealed.
These startling, horrific acts, unopposed by our
defense forces for still unexplained reasons, causing
almost 3,000 deaths, took place in broad daylight.
The repercussions that immediately ensued were new
in human history. Televised
images of these cataclysmic events and the chaos in the
streets of New York were viewed by hundreds of millions of
people around the world, assuring immeasurable
This was followed by the shutdown of national air
travel and the stock market, President Bush's declaration
of war against those he claimed he knew were responsible
or suspected of aiding the hijackers, the war against and
bombing of Afghanistan, a clampdown on civil liberties in
the United States, and the dispatch of U.S. troops to the
Philippines, the nation of Georgia, and Indonesia.
And any day now, as we write, we plan to attack
23-million-person nation of Iraq, which sits on eleven
percent of the world's oil supply.
As if that wasn't enough, The Los Angeles Times
recently revealed that in a new Nuclear Posture Review,
signed by Donald Rumsfeld after close consultation with
George W. Bush, our corporate-controlled government
considers seven sovereign nations possible targets of our
nuclear weapons and, casting aside the taboo against using
nuclear weapons, appears to be preparing to use them to
fight the war on Iraq and future wars.
Our government's fundamental answer to September
11th in its "war on terrorism" is a demand for a
military budget larger than the combined such budgets of
the next 14 largest national militaries and a promise of
endless war making around the world.
The reality that America rules the world through
force of arms, trade treaties that give our corporations
the advantage, and U.S. control of the world oil supply
through our "association" with the dynastic
rulers of Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf, must be
addressed and renounced.
In a world filled with poverty-stricken, starving
people, a doctrine of America-First hegemony based on
market profitability as the factor guiding the world,
instead of the well-being of people and nature, puts all
of human society on the verge of explosion and revolt.
Were the plain facts of the corporate takeover of
the United States and the world known and understood by a
large section of the American people (they are not because
the corporate media belong to the forces governing us), no
doubt our citizenry would try to overturn those who have
created this situation.
As long as our response to attacks on us is
military there will likely continue to be many more such
calamitous attacks on us, even perhaps with devastating
nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons. These may come
from persons outside of the country, or they may come from
domestic sources, such as the Oklahoma City attack and
possibly the anthrax attacks.
It can now be seen that the root of our national
crisis is the system that was designed to enfranchise only
propertied white males.
That system, Corporism, refined and perfected by
the robber barons in 1886 and beyond by the Supreme
Court's establishment of the rule of Americans by public
corporations, effectively takes the wealth of the many and
funnels it to the few.
The kind of economic and political growth that
Corporism engenders, under the unitary law of profit over
people and place, is leading our nation and the world
toward a totally inhuman, anti-environmental state.
That in turn is leading more and more people
throughout the world to blame our country for their
suffering, with many seeking our demise by one means or
We are now in exceedingly dire straits, and it is
imperative that we understand how these forces improperly
controlling the world developed, and continue to grow,
right under our eyes, right here in this country.
To contribute to an understanding of how this
happened is the purpose of this essay.
THE FOUNDERS of our democracy regarded corporations
as pariahs. The
Boston Tea Party and our ensuing American Revolution had
the primary purpose of freeing us from the domination of
the British Crown and the Crown's corporations, which
ruled the colonies in the Eighteenth Century. Originally
the states chartered public corporations for limited terms
of years and specific operations. Our founders insisted
that these limited-purpose corporations were creations of
the people and could be shut down by the people.
Since the Civil War, however, America's public
corporations have developed and grown dynamically. In
1886, in Santa Clara County vs. Southern Pacific Railroad,
the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was reported to
have declared that the court regarded corporations as
"persons" under the Fourteenth Amendment,
although the court did not so hold in its decision.
That amendment had been adopted to guarantee
formerly-enslaved blacks the full protections of the
Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
It had not been written with corporations in mind.
The doctrine that corporations, like persons, have
personal constitutional rights is strictly judge-made law
without the authority or awareness, and against the
interests of, the people.
Once the public corporations had been granted these
rights--extending eventually to almost all personal
constitutional rights--they escaped the control of the
states and gained powers that our founders thought had
been revoked forever.
If we are to reclaim the democracy we have lost
because of these court decisions, this gross error must be
Justice William O. Douglas stated in a famous 1948 Supreme
Court dissent: "If they (the people) want
corporations to be treated as humans are treated, if they
want to grant corporations this large degree of
emancipation from state regulation, they should say so.
The Constitution provides a method by which they
may do so. We
should not do it for them through the guise of
can only conclude that the Santa Clara case was wrong, and
should be overruled."
As an engineer, I know that to solve any problem
the first and most important step is to understand what
the problem really is.
I have been a successful manufacturer, independent
entrepreneur, and inventor for more than half a century.
My wife and I actively run a manufacturing company,
and from that perspective for more than the past 40 years
I have experienced and talked about Corporism, which I
believe is society's greatest disease.
It starts in this manner. A business enterprise
"goes public," that is, it sells shares through
a public offering in the marketplace, and thereby embarks
on a sustained program of uncontrollable and potentially
unlimited growth. As
the corporation grows and grows it becomes more powerful,
richer, more important, and more incorrigible. Its growth
becomes as incompatible with the needs of society as
cancer cells are to the needs of the body.
As cancer cells overpower normal cells and the
person dies; our civilization is going through this same
kind of process. Corporate
growth and power have destroyed our body politic and are
now proceeding to enslave our citizenry as well as the
people of other societies.
A public corporation's fundamental characteristic,
its nature, is to expand constantly, to grow ad infinitum.
This trait is dominant from the first moment of its
public existence, making it an uncontrollable element in
society with the capability of destroying its
opponents--and ultimately, in the aggregate, our
civilization and the ecosystem in which we exist.
Every successful public corporation goes through
this same pattern. Throughout its new corporate life it
pursues its single, simple goal of maximizing profits with
optimum effective disregard for any societal or human
consequence; by the rules of their charters and their
court-defined obligations, corporations have only one
goal, profit maximization.
This is why many public corporations are guided
eventually by accountants: the bottom line is all that
Milton Friedman so aptly stated, "The corporation
cannot be ethical; its only responsibility is to turn a
a firm fail to excel in that one goal, even briefly, it
will be seized and absorbed by another more powerful
corporate entity, often with junk-bond financing.
How do these public corporations daily harm
public monies, their growth is vastly accelerated, and
they can select an area of business, dominate it, and
ultimately monopolize it.
When independent private enterprises try to compete
with public corporations in the same field there's usually
no contest. The
public corporation's tremendous buying power stemming from
its vast financial resources soon dominates the
Witness what Home Depots have done to neighborhood
hardware stores, or Stapleses and Office Depots to
stationery stores, or Borders, Barnes & Noble, and
Waldenbooks to neighborhood bookstores.
Look at what corporate agribusinesses have done to
family farmers, HMOs to the medical profession. By reason
of their buying power and global resources, public
corporations can import products made in foreign lands,
frequently by slave and child labor, without the health or
safety regulations that are applicable to domestic
Clearly, public corporations destroying the
infrastructure of our legitimate business communities.
Far fewer owners of local businesses pay local,
state, and federal taxes and serve on local civic
are now funneled to distant, out-of-state or
out-of-country locations where taxes are limited or
sheltered through one ruse or another, piling much heavier
burdens on local taxpayers.
The Enron Corporation used hundreds of offshore
affiliates to pay no taxes at all in four of its last five
years, a prime example of corporate misbehavior.
And all such ruses and practices have been made
completely legal and proper by the pliant Congress that
corporate money has bought.
Superstores or supermanufacturers, abetted by the
"deregulation" approved by an accommodating
Congress, destroy competition.
Then the prices on commodities they sell either to
consumers or to industry rise considerably, for when
competition dies out prices go up.
In today's corporate economy the cost of product
bears little relationship to the price asked.
Look how the price of major-brand gasoline is
lowered when there is an independent competitor in the
same major brand sells for a lot more a few miles down the
road while major companies try to buy or force the
independent out. Rockefeller
made his fortune with Standard Oil of New Jersey doing
just that. Today
independent oil companies are virtually nonexistent, and
the price of gasoline skyrockets when the international
oil cartel decides that it should.
So do the prices of natural gas and all sorts of
the producers, having deregulated the marketplace, can
charge whatever they wish.
Not too long ago telephone directory service was
free; now it can cost as much as several dollars a number,
depending on which phone company you must use!
Tens of thousands of products, costing only pennies
to manufacture, sell in stores for many dollars, even if
they are made in China or Haiti by workers paid 15 cents
an hour. Superstores,
supermarkets, and other chains feature and limit the items
they sell to highly-advertised brands produced by
multinational companies, charging whatever price is
obtainable--the operational phrase is "what the
market will bear."
All told, Americans are undoubtedly paying the
multinationals, by reason of their monopolistic practices
and power, hundreds of billions of dollars annually in
excess charges. Essentially
these "profits" are hidden taxes on all of us,
though the money doesn't go to our government.
As Adam Smith wrote, high profits are "absurd
Perhaps, however, the greatest threat to our
democracy from public corporations is the breakdown of
ethical standards that their practices embody and their
policies demand. In
turn, this breakdown is driving citizens down to similar
standards and practices in their pursuit of jobs or
business. Just as a boxer obeying the Marquis of
Queensbury Rules can't compete in a fight with a person
boxing under street rules, a legitimate businessperson
can't compete effectively with another one who follows no
rules whatsoever--or, in the case of the public
corporation, which uses its power to make the rules or
bend them in its favor.
When the government abandons its role in providing
a level playing field, as ours has, and anything goes, as
anything does, the most aggressive and heavily financed
IN CONTRAST to the inhuman public corporation,
there are a variety of other forms of endeavor, such as
proprietorships, partnerships, co-ops, worker-owned
enterprises, and private corporations.
The public corporation is as different from these
as night from day, and for a basic reason.
The public corporation is the only one of such
entities that has made a legally binding agreement with
its investors to at all times maximize stockholders'
profits; no such requirement exists for any of the
The system that drives public corporations does not
apply to private enterprises, which operate purely at
their owners' discretion.
Now, due to tax, property, and other laws, most
U.S. businesses, no matter how small, as well as numerous
professionals, incorporate primarily to obtain liability
protection for their owners, stockholders, officers, and
do this since not to do it would be imprudent.
Here in the United States, if people invest monies
in any business venture that is not incorporated,
potentially they expose their entire estates to the
uncertainties of the marketplace, aggressive attorneys,
powerful predators, or competitors set on destroying or
acquiring their businesses. They could become personally
indebted for years or be forced into personal bankruptcy.
Another reason: tax laws provide solely to
corporations the means for sequestering profits to
accumulate the capital necessary for growth, so in effect
any business planning on growth must of necessity
incorporate under present laws and tax rules.
Most businesses or financial endeavors begin small,
usually producing services or a product.
The complexity of business causes the majority of
them fail within the first three or four years.
Typically those that survive thereafter will grow
healthily, achieve some stability, provide employment, pay
taxes, and become integral parts of the communities where
they are situated. They
fill basic needs of their communities and frequently in
Privately-owned small businesses, professions, and
other enterprises, whether incorporated or not, are the
true cornerstones of our economy. Privately-owned small
businesses differ radically from public corporations in
that such small businesses are creative, dynamic, diverse,
employ local people, and frequently support community
activities are easily observable and understandable and,
subject, of course, to argument, are usually compatible
with society's needs.
Small independent local businesses have always been
the cornerstones of the business community.
Depending on the levels of profitability and
reinvestment they can grow to sizable proportions.
A business that a partner and I started in 1943
with investments of $400 apiece was valued at around $15
million in 1961. There were no outside investors, all
corporate stock was owned equally by the two of us.
Our product sales were worldwide and our expansion
did not require going public.
Many privately-owned companies have grown to
immense sizes, although their rate of growth is usually
slower than that of public corporations.
Not all private corporations are beneficial to
society, nor are all proprietorships, partnerships,
co-ops, or any other kind of business entities.
Each enterprise reflects the personalities and
character of those who create and run it.
Private businesses, usually run by well-meaning
people, may also be run by people who fall into the
anti-social patterns of the public corporation.
Frequently companies that grow large and powerful
develop leaders who possess more power over others than it
is wise to permit. With
that power there is always the temptation to go for even
more power. Those
at the head of private corporations can become creatures
of power and greed just as the heads of public
But the heads of private companies or corporations
are able to make up their minds on the goals and standards
of their business--no one can tell them what must be done.
On the other hand, to reach a secure level within
the public corporation, CEOs and their management people
have to submit to the corporate mantra, to maximize
profits in every way possible to insure the best
short-term bottom-line figures.
So when the owner of a private corporation goes
public, he contracts with investors to do everything he
can to maximize their earnings, and his investors include
savvy mutual fund managers.
In the context of more than a century of case law,
the owner then has a mandatory, legal requirement to
follow the corporate credo, the end justifies the
means--whatever needs to be done to maximize stockholder
profits must be done whether or not that action hurts
employees, customers, the environment or the community.
If that isn't a Faustian pact with the devil I
don't know what is.
And the rewards are big!--compensation packages in
the millions of dollars, with all sorts of perks, stock
options frequently worth tens to hundreds of millions of
dollars, and in some cases billions.
Under today's corporate laws in the United States
there are absolutely no limits to how big a company can
become or how much its executives can be paid.
And under the right conditions oodles of publicly
accessible funds are available--the more profitable the
business, the more money is available.
With the payoffs so fabulous, is it any wonder that
those persons to whom great wealth is the most important
objective in life gravitate toward going public?
Why not subordinate your morals for a while to
become a millionaire overnight, to be free from want, from
work, from all restraints, and to be admired as a success?
How many people can resist that?
And then, what are embryonic public corporations
but "live bait" for larger public corporations
which, using their vast resources, can gobble them up
almost at will?
In a sense the new public corporations are the
growth industry of the multinationals.
Many multinationals, lacking creative talent or
disvaluing what talent they have, can grow only by
assimilating these newer entities, many of which are on
the cutting edge of new technologies or creativity.
Generally speaking, the size and hidebound nature
of major corporations prevent them from creating their own
truly believe that if public corporations were barred from
acquiring smaller corporations or businesses, they could
not dominate the economy as they now do. Actually it
wasn't too many years ago that the law prevented public
corporations from buying others, but, as with virtually
all laws restricting the growth of megacorporations, that
rule has been repealed, too.
THE DISEASE of Corporism is endemic in America
today; there is little if any concern on the part of
public corporations for the health and welfare of their
customers or the public they sell to.
There is no fair trade, no fair play.
There is no way for injured customers to obtain
redress of their grievances or collect damages against
corporations too powerful to sue effectively in court, no
way to prevent public corporations from sending the bills
to the American taxpayer for the damages they cause in
communities or for losses caused by corporate fraud or
failures, no sufficiently powerful political party that
will represent consumers and citizens and protect them
from monopoly-created excessive costs.
There are just no remedies at all.
After the 2000 election it became all too clear
that the political parties in our two-party system, both
of which are totally under the control of corporate
finance and capital, have in fact perfected a system that
locks out any third party from effective access to the
people and deprives the people of knowledge about
alternatives that are likely to improve their lot.
Lawmakers from either of the two parties cannot
obtain or retain their seats in Congress without earning
the financial support of their corporate sponsors by doing
their bidding. The
slogan of America as the country "of the people, by
the people, for the people" is thus exposed as a
Can we allow the people who command these vast,
inaccessible corporations to run our work, our lives, our
political parties? We
do now because we haven't found a way to stop them, but we
must find a way. People
elsewhere in the world believe we have democracy and
freedom here, and of course compared to certain societies
we do. But
more and more of us who live here know that we have
democracy in name only, that in reality we have lost it to
the robber barons and the corporations they spawned--to an
elite oligarchy that rules us with the iron fist of the
Supreme Court and the police and military forces at the
captive government's disposal.
A world ruled by multinational corporations is the
opposite of a world ruled by people.
It was a gross mistake to allow these mythical
entities, corporations, to be given the rights of
citizens, to function as "family" within our
the blood-sucking Dracula of Bram Stoker, they pretend to
be human, but by their nature they prey upon humans at
An ever-increasing tangle of new chemicals and
toxins is infesting our air, water and food, which daily
become more contaminated, as do our bodies.
That is only one of the astounding specters that
now actually threaten us--global warming and the rising
sea level; the ever-growing hole in the ozone exposing us
to cancer-causing ultraviolet rays; the destruction of
life in the oceans; the emergence of global water
shortages, welcomed as just another opportunity for profit
and growth by the late unlamented Enron and the wholly
opportunistic multinational corporations that presently
And threatening us even more than all these
tangible things is the capture of the minds of the masses
of people by the insidious corporate TV culture--the
conversion of billions of us, through TV propaganda and
trivial entertainment, into unthinking, dependent
consumers, and the amalgamation of the venerable varieties
of human life and culture into one world society addicted
to and dependent on the types of products, services,
values, and culture that the multinationals are best
equipped to produce, foster, and deliver.
The terrible truth is, we are fast losing our
civilization, which was thousands of years in the making.
Just as fish don't know they're in water,
collectively we do not realize that we have been plunged
into a commercial effluvium that is suffocating us and
draining away our independence..
This seizure of our civilization and humanity by
giant corporations must be reversed.
Corporism, today's government of the corporation,
by the corporation, and for the corporation must not be
permitted to continue.
Unless and until we can make corporations powerless
to control either us or our government they will continue
to divide us by race, by class, by haves and have-nots, by
religion, by any and every means possible.
The world's bankers, in concert with the largest
corporations in the world (which they enable, since they
are cut from the same cloth), will use the justice system
against us at every turn, as they have just done in the
very selection of a president they preferred, and they
will oppose us ferociously with their police systems,
armies, and mind-numbing propaganda.
There are a myriad of real problems, human and
ecological, that we must get on with.
We need a truly democratic government representing
only the people, for without that we are truly lost.
We Americans invented and refined Corporism, and
let it break loose upon the rest of the world. Now we must
band together with people all over the world to stop this
huge mistake from destroying everything we hold dear and
creating a world unworthy of the potential of human
will be a tough struggle, and it will have to be
world-wide, for technology has enabled the multinationals
to be in power everywhere and their leaders won't just
give up the system that gives them money, power, and what
they see as the good life at the expense of the have-nots
of the world, who have become their (and our) slaves.
Can we actually recover control of our societies
from corporations? It's
almost too late, and we can fiddle around no longer;
freedom, variety, and democracy are slipping out of focus.
It will take a superhuman effort to overcome these
seemingly insurmountable forces, but it can and it must be
done. Many of
us are legitimate business people trying to earn a
reasonable livelihood while producing products or services
for our communities or the nation.
We private business owners need to resist the
corporate powers just as much as workers or retirees.
Fortunately, many in our country have tasted
democracy and freedom, and still believe in them, and will
not accept the cancerous dismantling of our economic
production, our systems of justice, and our freedom in the
cause of building a transnational corporate oligarchy.
We all have so much in common.
We believe in families, in children growing up
that a family needs a decent home in a nonviolent
neighborhood and enough income from one parent working to
at least let the other parent teach and supervise the
child or children. Public
schools are needed with classes small enough that
teachers, supplied with good teaching materials, have a
chance to teach. Citizens
must not accept the reduced status of being merely
consumers; a democratic society cannot survive without
reliable knowledge about what is happening inside the
country and throughout the world.
Therefore, commercial TV must not dominate our
national broadcasting, as currently it does, and radio and
TV outlets, utilizing the airwaves that we the public own,
must be made freely available to all communities
throughout the nation for wide-open public discourse.
I urge every legitimate business person to join
with every worker, in every industry, and with every union
representing workers--I call on every cleric or religious
person, every politician genuinely interested in the
people, the heads of all non-governmental and non-profit
organizations, and every person raising a family, every
student of voting age, every mother and father in every
village, city, state or country, to join the struggle
against corporism. You might start by talking to
neighbors, friends, associates about the facts you are
aware of, complain as cogently and as clearly as you can,
and then find allies and common ground through
organizations that are in no way financed by, related to,
or supported by corporate interests or the foundations
controlled by them.
With an advance wave of hundreds of thousands of
students in American universities, we are on the move.
Many dedicated groups are working together already,
and many more are springing up in this hemisphere and on
other continents. As we saw in Seattle in 1999 and have
seen again and again since then, a powerful movement of
popular revolt against corporate domination and for
justice and peace is rising in the United States and all
over the world. Join
this movement here and all over the world, help your
fellow citizens save civilization.
Ken Reiner, a founding member of the Alliance
For Democracy who attended its initial
organizational meetings in Chicago and the founding
convention at the Mo Ranch in Texas in 1996, is a
successful inventor and businessman.
Billions of one of his inventions, a simple
self-locking nut, are used in 90% of the airplanes in the
of his devices, a simple two-piece clip for holding
women's pincurls (called Klippies), was used by tens of
millions of women. In
Long Beach, California, he and his wife Dottie currently
run a small manufacturing company that makes proprietary
projects that he has invented.
They support a variety of organizations with their
contributions, and Reiner has proposed that those
organizations form a coalition to end the domination of
society by giant corporations, an idea that has
contributed to the development of an Alliance project to
form a communications network perhaps to be called Equal
Copyright Ken Reiner 2002