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When Corporations Rule The World
Upon first hearing the title "When Corporations Rule the World," I pictured a space movie with Star-Trek-like creatures pressing buttons that instantly affected billions of people billions of light years away. Early on it was obvious my fantasy was off base. This is now. This is real time. They do rule.
"Corporations have emerged as the dominant governance institutions on the planet, with the largest among them reaching into virtually every country of the world and exceeding most governments in size and power. Increasingly, it is the corporate interest more than the human interest that defines the policy agendas of states and international bodies, although this reality and its implications have gone largely unnoticed and unaddressed."
Korten calls money "a useful but wholly substanceless
and intrinsically valueless human artifact." He says "the pursuit
of spiritual fulfillment has been increasingly displaced by an all-consuming
and increasingly self-destructive obsession with the pursuit of money..."
Have a family member hide the key to the liquor cabinet before reading this book. You may be tempted to toss down a few single malt scotches before you get beyond the fifth chapter.
Favorite passage: "The global institutions of money have only the power we yield to them. It is our power. We can reclaim it."
What haunts me most: A line from Star Trek's Spock, "This troubled planet is a place of the most violent contrasts. Those that receive the rewards are totally separated from those who shoulder the burdens. It is not a wise leadership."
What you wouldn't hear on TV: "The $20 million that basketball star Michael Jordan reportedly received in 1992 for promoting Nike shoes exceeded the entire annual payroll of the Indonesian factories that made them."
Gotta go now, and get ready for an interview with a BIG corporation. In the immortal words of Janis Joplin, "...my friends all have Porsches and I must make amends."
ISBN 1-887208-00-3 pp.374. US$29.95
Reviewed by Frieda Hughes, membership & public relations associate, AQP
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