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TRiO Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Welcome to the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Kyle Faltin was born and spent eight years of his life in Everett, WA. After entering foster care, he spent the next ten years of his life moving to various foster homes in King and Snohomish counties in western Washington. He was motivated by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and determined to show people that one’s past need not determine one’s future. While in high school, Kyle was known for spending much of his spare time in the library learning or in classrooms assisting and learning from teachers who were also mentors. He aged out of foster care and graduated from Kent Meridian H.S. in 2009. That fall, he enrolled in Eastern Washington University where he discovered his undying interest in political science. With Government with a pre law option as his major, Kyle hopes to earn a PhD in political science, specifically American and comparative politics. His ultimate goal is to study and write about corporate influence enough to where the politics of corporations will one day become its own subfield in political science.
Summer 2012 McNair Internship Faculty Research Mentor: Dr. Thomas Hawley, EWU Government
Abstract: Corporate Influence on American Democracy
Faltin, Kyle (Thomas Hawley), Political Science, Eastern Washington University, Washington
The purpose of this paper is to explore the extent of corporate influence on American democracy and, more specifically, the American democratic process. The paper will begin by establishing a democratic framework with which to judge whether or not and to what extent corporate influence perverts American democracy. Three corporate entities, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and Koch Industries, will serve as case studies in order to ascertain the amount of influence they are permitted to exert on the decisions of the United States federal government. Next, the role of national identity as it relates to false consciousness will be examined in order to display the manner in which corporations pacify and influence public opinion in order to perpetuate their ability to exploit the general public and advance their economic interests. Lastly, this paper will conclude by suggesting what can be done in order to limit or eliminate the undue influence corporate entities and other moneyed interests have on American governance. Ultimately, this paper is part of a larger effort to explore the nature and future of democracy and capitalism in America and, more specifically, whether they can coexist peacefully without interfering with one another.