The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community
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The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community

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by David C. Korten
     
 

ISBN-10: 1887208070

ISBN-13: 9781887208079

Pub. Date: 04/28/2006

Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.

In his classic international bestseller, When Corporations Rule the World, David Korten exposed the destructive and oppressive nature of the global corporate economy and helped spark a global resistance movement. Here, Korten argues that corporate consolidation of power is merely one manifestation of what he calls "Empire": the organization of society through…  See more details below

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In his classic international bestseller, When Corporations Rule the World, David Korten exposed the destructive and oppressive nature of the global corporate economy and helped spark a global resistance movement. Here, Korten argues that corporate consolidation of power is merely one manifestation of what he calls "Empire": the organization of society through hierarchy and violence that has largely held sway for the past 5,000 years. The Great Turning masterfully traces the roots of Empire to ancient times and charts the long evolution of its favored Instruments of control, from monarchies and bureaucracies to the transnational institutions of the global economy. Empire is not the natural order of things - we can turn away from it. Korten draws on evidence from sources as varied as evolutionary theory, developmental psychology, and religious teachings to make the case that "Earth Community" - a life-centered, egalitarian, sustainable way of ordering human society based on democratic principles of partnership - is indeed possible. And he details a grassroots strategy for beginning the momentous turning toward a future of as-yet-unrealized human potential.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781887208079
Publisher:
Kumarian Press, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Series:
BK Currents Series
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
The Great Turning     3
Prologue: In Search of the Possible     5
Choosing Our Future     25
The Choice     27
The Possibility     41
The Imperative     57
The Opportunity     74
Sorrows of Empire     91
When God Was a Woman     93
Ancient Empire     109
Modern Empire     126
Athenian Experiment     142
America, the Unfinished Project     157
Inauspicious Beginning     159
People Power Rebellion     171
Empire's Victory     181
Struggle for Justice     201
Wake-Up Call     217
Prisons of the Mind     237
The Great Turning     251
Beyond Strict Father versus Aging Clock     253
Creation's Epic Journey     267
Joys of Earth Community     281
Stories for a New Era     302
Birthing Earth Community     313
Leading from Below     315
Building a Political Majority     327
Liberating Creative Potential     341
Change the Story, Change the Future     354
Notes     361
Index     380
About the Author     401

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The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Provocative, visionary, and compelling.  In a time of dying bees, vanishing glaciers, dwindling resources and ineffective politicians, how can we not dare to envision a better future such as David Korten lays out?  Sign me up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Great Turning: From Empire To Earth Community by social activist and author David C. Korten provides a detailed and articulate argument that the organization of society through hierarchy and violence, or 'Empire' as Korten calls it, is promoting not only wealth for the few and misery for the many, but the potential extinction of humankind. The Great Turning proposes that Empire is not the inevitable natural order drawing upon evolutionary theory, developmental psychology, and religious teachings, Korten proposes that 'Earth Community' - ordering human society in an egalitarian way based on democratic principles of partnership - is indeed possible. The Great Turning outlines means by which human beings can take action for the future of the planet, and for themselves. Also highly recommended is Korten's previous expose, When Corporations Rule The World.