Prologue - a Personal Journey. Part 1 Cowboys in a Spaceship: From Hope to Crisis; End of the Open Frontier; The Growth Illusion. Part 2 Contest for Sovereignty: Rise of Corporate Power in America; Assault of the Corporate Libertarians; Decline of Democratic Pluralism; Illusions of the Cloud Minders. Part 3 Corporate Colonialism: Dreaming of Global Empires; Building Elite Consensus; Buying Out Democracy; Marketing the World; Eliminating the Public Interest. Part 4 A Rogue Financial System: The Money Game; Predatory Finance; Corporate Cannibalism; Managed Competition; No Place for People. Part 5 Reclaiming Our Power: The Ecological Revolution; Good Living; Agenda for Change. Part 6 From Corporate Rule to Civil Society: Making Money, Growing Poorer; The Living Demcoracy Movement; A Civil Society. Epilogue - A Story for Our Time.
David C. Korten is board chair of the Positive Futures Network, publishers of YES! A Journal of Positive Futures, and founder and president of The People-Centered Development Forum. He is a former faculty member of the Harvard Business School and the author of nine previous books including the bestselling When Corporations Rule the World and The Post-Corporate World.
This well-documented, apocalyptic tome describes the global spread of corporate power as a malignant cancer exercising a market tyranny that is gradually destroying lives, democratic institutions and the ecosystem for the benefit of greedy companies and investors. Korten (Getting to the 21st Century) points out his conservative roots and business credentials‘and 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. Korten, founder of the People-Centered Development Forum, prescribes a reordering of developmental priorities to restore local control and benefits. Suggested reforms include shifting tax policies to punish greed and reward social responsibility, placing a 100% reserve requirement on demand deposits at banks and closing the World Bank, which he claims encourages indebtedness in nations that can't afford it. (Oct.)
Korten (Getting to the Twenty-First Century, Kumarian Pr., 1990) brings impressive credentials to the task of blaming large international corporations for many of the social and environmental problems confronting people all over the world. Using numerous well-researched examples, Korten argues that not only do today's corporations exploit labor and the environment, but governments (particularly the U.S. government), the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, aid and abet this exploitation through policies that favor capitalists over workers and small business. Although Korten speaks from an obviously liberal position, in an era when conservative political voices declare an unswerving faith in the benefits of unfettered free markets, a voice from the opposition offers a welcome balance. Recommended for public and academic libraries.‘Andrea C. Dragon, Coll. of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, N.J.
"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
--Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate
"Anyone serious about the systemic crisis we now face ought to read this updated version today. Korten captures the devastating and increasingly threatening dynamics of the corporate-dominated global system and has offered a vibrant, well-written, and important strategy for moving us beyond its destructive economic, social, and ecological logic."
--Gar Alperovitz, author of What Then Must We Do? "If every corporate leader who believes implicitly that consumerism is the path to happiness (and that rampant development is the road to global prosperity) were to read When Corporations Rule the World with an open mind, that world just might have a chance of becoming a better place for us all."
--Toronto Globe and Mail