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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2003

    Excellent book!

    David Korten has delivered! Korten outlines historically how global corporations have evolved into their present state of man-eating, money hungry machines. In light of the current world situation, Korten gives answers to people having doubts about the current world order. With the US industrial market and media being totally monopolized Korten gives insight and hope to those who dare to question the authority of the global corporation.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2001

    If You're Against Imperialist Globalization - Read This!

    A book Review: Thumbs Up When Corporations Rule the World by David C. Korten This is a really great book! Good exposure, fabulous statistics, a real ¿must read¿ for anyone wanting the hard facts about globalization. The book is full of statistics like the following: A Nike shoe costing from $75-$ 135 actually costs Nike just $5.60 to produce. Of this entire price the 3rd world worker gets $0.15 hr. Or that the $20 million Michael Jordan received in 1992 for promoting Nike shoes exceeded the entire annual payroll of the Indonesian factories that made Nike shoes. Korten analyzes corporate history noting that Corporations became ¿legal¿ persons in 1886 when the Supreme Court so declared. This was prior to African Americans or women being legal persons! And corporations stripped individual states of their authority over them. Korten calls for us to transform the global to empower the local and calls for the people to take the corporate authority away. This sounds great! But easier said than done. Korten sounds that alarm that globalization like the WTO takes away the sovereign rights of individual nations. Along with many others he sees Corporations as ¿sitting above¿ the nation state. This is where we would disagree. While globalization is the process through which these mega corporations go around ripping off the third world¿we have yet to see corporations mounting their own military armies when they come into conflict with other corporations. We see imperialism as a world process, not just capitalism on a world scale. Imperialism is the next higher stage of capitalism. While corporations can straddle different countries¿they remain rooted in their own nation state. In fact the state is an important arena of struggle between contending national corporations¿with the state often stepping in to bail out industries, bankrupt companies etc.¿all dependent on what is in the national interests. The state is an extremely important arena in the struggle between corporations. Here battles go on over Gov. policy towards ailing industries, or bankrupt countries, over how monetary, financial and trade agreements are determined. That said, as anti-imperialists we were surprised to find only one reference to ¿imperialism¿ in the entire book¿and this was a quote by someone else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2003

    A slightly dry read, but well worth it.

    This book is a great resource for people that are frustrated with the current state of the world economy. The author offers some viable solutions to our continuing economic crisis.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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