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The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism [Paperback]

David Korten
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1 Oct 2000
This work investigates the growing gap between the promises of new global capitalism and the reality of insecurity, inequality, social breakdown, spiritual emptiness and environmental destruction. It looks at what went wrong and offers solutions based on examples from new biology. The author examines ways in which economic values and institutions are shaped by certain beliefs about the nature and meaning of life. Modern societies have been shaped more than is realized, by beliefs embedded in the story told by Newtonian physics of a clockwork universe in which life is an accident and consciousness an illusion. This theory has led to the creation of competitive, individualistic, and materialistic societies grounded in a Hobbsian philosophy that there is no moral purpose to life and therefore good is merely that which brings pleasure and evil that which brings pain. This text outlines specific measures to free the creative powers of individuals and societies through the realization of a radical democracy, the local rooting of capital through stakeholder ownership, and a restructuring of the rules of commerce to create "mindful market" economies that combine market principles with a culture that nurtures social bonding and responsibility.

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler; New edition edition (1 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887208038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887208031
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 15.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,931,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"For 30 years, Korten toiled as a development worker seeking to end the poverty of the world's underdeveloped nations. In that time, he noted a stark difference between capitalism's democratic myth and the reality of social, economic, and environmental deterioration that accompanied such efforts. In this intriguing sequel to "When Corporations Rule the World" Korten identifies the root causes of these failures as consumerism, market deregulation, free trade, privatization, global consolidation of corporate power, a focus on money as purpose for economic life, and corruption of our democratic institutions."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and excellent follow-up to WCRTW 29 April 1999
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Format:Hardcover
A marvelous book, this sequel to "When Corporations Rule The World" both identifies the problem and offers concrete, do-able solutions that are grounded in the real world. In that context, this book seems an excellent shelf-mate with Kevin Danaher's "Corporations Are Gonna Get Your Mama" or Thom Hartmann's "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight" (both available from amazon.com). Between the three of them, they cover the entire spectrum of culture, politics, and economics.
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Format:Hardcover
In When Corporations Rule the World David Korten spoke of "market tyranny" as being the primary threat to our current and future survival. In The Post-Corporate World he argues the problem is not so much the market, but more specifically capitalism, as the threat to a healthy market economy. His thoroughly in-depth and thought-provoking analysis provides a perfect sequel to his previous best seller. It is a must read for those who wish to cure our current unstable economic system and stop our unsustainable development spiral. Korten carefully dissects these and other critical issues in an attempt to "restore democracy, the market, and our human rights." Korten's recipe for long-term survival is detailed in a clear and powerful manner. Based on his many years working abroad and in academia, he describes specific steps that will require "virtually eliminating...the limited-liability for-profit public corporation as we know it." These steps are a paradigm shift from the status quo, yet are logically thought out and are realistically achievable in our lifetimes. The Post-Corporate World is a wakeup call for all of us. It provides the blueprint and framework for a future we need to start work on now.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the fourth way? 28 July 1999
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Format:Hardcover
i dont want to review the book thoroughly as i believe its been well done so far. as the millenium approaches we have to deicide whether we can continue 'progressing' at the same rate we are now. globally the population is falling into two camps ..rich and poor. if we continue in this drive towards globalisation this gap will be widened and will lead to famine and death . this is the inevitable result. do we value humanity or not...nietzcshe developed a concept of ' nachstenliebe' ..or love thy neighbour. thats what this is all about . the trans national corporates that operate under the horrendous WTO are going to keep taking unless they are stopped. the MAI must be halted and governments must regain the soveriengty they have surrendered to the WTO , IMF and WORLD BANK. we are born flesh and blood and we die flesh and blood . we need to remember this before it is too late......please also read a book called 'the grip of death: a study of debt, slavery and economics' by mike rowbotham .....dont give up!!
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Format:Hardcover
This book combines an adequate analysis of present capitalist/corporate abuses and explains that the way forward is participatory democray.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A sad, pitiful tirade by an aging leftist buffoon 5 April 1999
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Format:Hardcover
Though no one will disagree that massive corporations can do serious damage to local economies, espescially in small towns, (Wal-Mart alone demonstrates that) I can't imagine anything more horrific than living in the kind of tyrannical, socialist hellhole that is advocated by Korten. All this nonsense about 'voluntary simplicity' and dead universes is just the typical maneuvering of old-school leftists who desperately want to put new titles on their outdated, failed economic beliefs. Korten's smarmy, fanatical, holier-than-thou attitude makes this book even more unpalatable. If you're determined to put money into the pockets of daydreaming socialist authors with too much time on their hands, at least choose someone with a little class and intellectual substance, like Cornell West. Korten, on the other hand, is the kind of moron who preaches 'voluntary this' and 'democratic that', all the while making it quite obvious that, in true leftist form, if economic justice(defined soley by him, of course) requires INvoluntary and enforced 'simplicity', then by all means do whatever it takes. I'll be so glad when these 'progressive' and fascist dinosaurs from the sixties become extinct and allow a little common sense to reign across the land. For God's sake, even James Carville is more thought-provoking than this.
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