When Corporations Rule the World

When Corporations Rule the World

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Illustrates the harmful effects of globalization on politics, society, and the environment, profiling the "transnational corporation" and warning readers that once-beneficial companies have become dangerously powerful.

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While protestors at the WTO meetings in Seattle and at similar meetings of the global financial institutions have been derided as ill-informed troublemakers by the majority of the press, Korten (former advisor to the Ford Foundation and U.S. Agency for International Development) argues that their concerns about increasingly centralized corporate power are essentially right. He outlines the evolution of corporate power over the economy and governance worldwide, while acknowledging the severe depredations it causes to millions around the world. After looking at many facets of the problem in financial systems, flawed economic analyses, declining democratic institutions, and other aspects of growing corporate power, he offers some solutions. He grounds his alternative in a theory he calls the "Ecological Revolution" that would attempt to localize economies, while globalizing cooperation among communities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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As last year's World Trade Organization protests in Seattle indicate, author Korten is not alone in his concern about the harmful effects of globalization on politics, society, and the environment. He examines how economic globalization has resulted in the emergence of a new organizational form--the transnational corporation.

Our Choice: Democracy or Corporate Rule

A handful of corporations and financial institutions command an ever-greater concentration of economic and political power in an assault against markets, democracy, and life. It’s a “suicide economy,” says David Korten, that destroys the very foundations of its own existence.

The bestselling 1995 edition of When Corporations Rule the World helped launch a global resistance against corporate domination. In this twentieth-anniversary edition, Korten shares insights from his personal experience as a participant in the growing movement for a New Economy. A new introduction documents the further concentration of wealth and corporate power since 1995 and explores why our institutions resolutely resist even modest reform. A new conclusion chapter outlines high-leverage opportunities for breakthrough change.

Publisher: Bloomfield, Conn. : Kumarian Press ; San Francisco, Calif. : Berrett-Koehler Publishers , 2001
Edition: 2nd ed
Description: xix, 384 p. : 23 cm
ISBN: 9781887208048
Branch Call Number: 322.3 Kor


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Nov 06, 2013

Golly, the reviews here excoriate Mr. Korten as follows: "...then proceeds to finger such classic conspiracy-theory scapegoats as the Trilateral Commission and Council on Foreign Relations as the planning agents of the new world economic order he decries." Examine THE FACTS: David Rockefeller founded the Trilateral Commission (members would includ the notorious Martin Feldstein, Condoleezza Rice and Dick Cheney, media types like Charlie Rose, and a host of the corporate/political types working on behalf of Wall Street). The two principals of the Warren Commission, which expected us to believe their report supported the "lone gunman" theory and convicted Lee Oswald, while actually rife with contradictions and mass inconsistencies, suggesting the exact opposite, were Allan Dulles and John McCloy, both of whose adult lives received most of their earnings from the Rockefeller family and/or their businesses. The Rockefellers exerted their influence through at least five (but most probably the last ten) presidencies: Nelson Rockefeller was appointed to multiple positions by President Eisenhower, including his chief of Cold War strategy, forty appointments under the Kennedy administration were Rockefeller Brothers Fund trustees, Henry Kissinger, underling to the Rockefeller brothers, were be President Lyndon Johnson's special defense advisor, then Nixon's National Security Advisor, and on and on and on. Bill Clinton's chief of staff, Erskine Bowles (later appointed to a commission by President Obama), was hired to a private equity firm, Forstmann Little, where he made his big bucks, by one of its directors, Henry Kissinger! So much for "conspiracy theory" as opposed to conspiracy fact!

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