New Economy, New Social Contract

Listen up, Corporate America. The American people are having a most serious discussion about your role in their lives. It is the sweetest of ironies that in the midst of unprecedented prosperity, for which you are largely responsible, a surprising number of Americans are angry with corporations. Remember the bashing Big Business took at the Democratic Convention? Well, nearly three-quarters of the American people do believe that business in general has gained too much power over their lives, according to the latest BUSINESS WEEK poll. It's not just the handful of industries that Vice-President Al Gore attacked--"Big Tobacco, Big Oil, the big polluters, the pharmaceutical companies, the HMOs."

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