by David C. Korten
The global economy has become like a malignant cancer, advancing the colonization of the planet's living spaces for the benefit of powerful corporations and financial institutions. It has turned these once useful institutions into instruments of a market tyranny that is destroying livelihoods, displacing people, and feeding on life in an insatiable quest for money. It forces us all to act in ways destructive of ourselves, our families, our communities, and nature. Human survival depends on a community-based, people-centered alternative beyond the failed extremist ideologies of communism and capitalism. This alternative is already being created through the initiatives of millions of people around the world who are taking back control of their lives and communities to create places where people can live and grow in balance with the living earth. When Corporations Rule the World provides an agenda of national and global reforms by which we may reclaim our power to localize our economies while globalizing our consciousness.
"This is a 'must read' book-a searing indictment of an unjust international economic order, not by a wild-eyed idealistic left-winger, but by a sober scion of the establishment with impeccable credentials. It left me devastated but also very hopeful. Something can be done to create a more just economic order."
Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate
"Required reading for women who want to peek behind the curtain of the global economy and figure out how to save ourselves and respond to the global SOS."
Bella S. Abzug, Cochair, Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)
"Probably the most important economics book to come out since The Wealth of Nations."
David Rivard, Cofounder, California World Foundation
"From the vantage point of the year 2000, this may well be judged the most important book of the 1990s."
Rolf Österberg, Former Chair, Swedish Newspapers Association
"Korten weaves together a devastating critique of the tyranny of the global economy with an arsenal of well-argued alternatives that combine vision and practicality to offer an empowering agenda for change."
John Cavanagh, Fellow, Institute for Policy Studies
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The following are samplings of themes covered in When Corporations Rule the
An Economic System Out of Control
Assault of the Corporate Libertarians
The Betrayal of Adam Smith
Markets are for People
A Citizen Agenda to Tame Corporate Power, Reclaim Citizen Sovereignty, and Restore Economic Sanity