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When Corporations Rule the World [Paperback]

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Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 10, 2001
Publisher   Berrett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN  1887208046  
EAN  9781887208048  

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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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When Corporations Rule the World explains how economic globalization has concentrated the power to govern in global corporations and financial markets and detached them from accountability to the human interest. It documents the devastating human and environmental consequences of the successful efforts of these corporations to reconstruct values and institutions everywhere on the planet to serve their own narrow ends. It also reveals why and how millions of people are acting to reclaim their political and economic power from these elitist forces and presents a policy agenda for restoring democracy and rooting economic power in people and communities. This second edition is expanded to include new information, including a new preface, a new introduction, a new chapter on the global democracy movement, and a new epilogue.

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David Korten is president and founder of the People-Centered Development Forum, and serves as a board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). He is an associate of the International Forum on Globalization and a member of the Club of Rome. David has authored numerous books, including the bestselling titles "The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community," "When Corporations Rule the World," and "The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism." His newest title, Agenda for a New Economy (Second Edition) is a 2011 Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medalist. He is a regular guest on talk radio and television and a popular speaker at conferences around the world.

David C. Korten currently resides in Bainbridge Island, in the state of Washington.

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Globalism and the Growth of Greed.  Sep 3, 2008
"When Corporations Rule the World" is thoroughly documented and very accurate.
David Korten describes the many tentacles of global corporations. He examines the details surrounding the case of Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad as the beginning of corporations receiving the same rights as individual citizens.

He covers the rise of corporate power in the 1880's and 1890's. President Rutherford B. Hayes observed- "This is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people no more. It is a government of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations."

The author assesses the "free" market and "free" trade as instruments that allow global corporations to plan and organize world economic affairs to enrich themselves without any consequences regarding the environment or workers.
Mr. Korten explains why capitalism favors the limited liability corporation. It provides unlimited, concentrated power with very limited accountability or legal liability.
He favors corporate charters because there is accountability. Charters are a priviledge rather than a right.

Mr. Korten examines the flawed projections that served as propaganda for NAFTA's passage. He emphasizes that while government shares some of the blame, the "giant corporations that owe no allegiance to place, people, or human interest" are the benficiaries.
From page 133- "The game of global competition is rigged. It pits companies against people in a contest that the people almost always lose."
Another accurate view on page 207 states- "The argument that globalization increases competition is simply false. To the contrary, it strengthens tendencies toward global-scale monopoly."

The author explains why GATT and the WTO are bad for the general public, great for global corporations. I disagree with his idea of keeping either the U.N. family of organizations or the Bretton Woods group. Why not get rid of them all?

His take on the China trade agreement was on point. The day after Bill Clinton signed the China trade agreement the Wall Street Journal "noted the real reason the corporate establishment put it's full lobbying weight behind the China Trade Bill: to guarantee that U.S. companies could safely move more production to China with assured access to U.S. markets." Does anyone else remember the Chinese campaign contributions to Clinton?

The author has some intriguing solutions in the book. His idea of eliminating income tax on the lower income levels is one positive step. However I don't agree with some of his ideas. Guaranteed income is one of them.

"When Corporations Rule the World" is a sobering assessment of corporate greed that respects no borders. While it is somewhat dated, I recommend it.

Books that can change your life and change the world  Aug 17, 2008
I can't say enough about When Corporations Rule the World. Everyone in the US especially should read this book. The mega corporation has changed living in this world to the detriment of all mankind. When there exists an entity, whose sole purpose is to make money to perpetuate itself, and it is put in charge of such delicate matters as healthcare (private insurance- among other sectors), it is a no-brainer that human beings lose time and time again. People in the US and around the world don't realize how deep a hold corporations have over their daily existence. They also do not realize the power that we as a people have to break this hold if we act in concert for the good of humans and the environment on which we depend for our livelihoods and health. That we have GIVEN power away to coporations and the people that run them, is a sad commentary on the human state of being. We MUST ACT now to fight against corporations. START NOW BY READING THIS BOOK!
Good thoughts, weak solution  Jul 14, 2008
Great to read through. Some good brain food. But the solutions he espouses are reminiscent of some 1970's feel good scenario.
Chronicling the rise of a new world order  Apr 21, 2008
How corporations developed and expanded their power and influence; how they operate today; and what the stakes are for individuals and states as a new form of governance and administration consolidates its power worldwide. Well-written and compelling. The political issue no politician (except for Ralph Nader) dares to acknowledge, much less confront.
The Earth's other citizens  Apr 13, 2008
This book is a chronological history of the corporation in Western society, with an emphasis of 20th century US history. In short, the book describes the rise of corporate power over that of individuals, towns, states, and now nations at the dawn of the 21st century. Key to this history are specific court decisions, legislative acts, and international treaties, many of which are discussed by the author. As a work of history, it includes enough facts and citations to keep it honest, yet not make it a tough-read. My only problem was its heavy emphasis on the 20th century corporate focus on financial manipulation. The book almost ignores the role of mineral extraction corporations in creating many modern political borders, and hence border disputes and civil wars. For this I give the book 4 out of 5 stars.

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