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The great turning : from empire to Earth community

Author: David C Korten; Sandra Swafford
Publisher: [Eugene, OR] : Polity Audio LLC, 2006.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : English
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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. Now, he shows that the problem runs deeper than corporate domination - with far greater consequences. In The Great Turning, Korten argues that corporate consolidation of power is merely one manifestation of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)62085546
Material Type: Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: David C Korten; Sandra Swafford
ISBN: 9780978769406 0978769406
OCLC Number: 244097707
Notes: Downloadable audio file.
Title from: Title details screen.
Unabridged.
Duration: 15:42:18.
Performer(s): Read by Sandra Swafford.
Details: Requires OverDrive Media Console (file size: 225753 KB).; Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Responsibility: David C. Korten.

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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. Now, he shows that the problem runs deeper than corporate domination - with far greater consequences. In The Great Turning, 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. Empire has always resulted in misery for the many and fortune for the few, but now it threatens the very future of humanity. Korten points to global terrorism, climate change, and rising poverty as just a few of the signs that Empire now exceed what people and planet will bear. The Great Turning 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. Korten also tells the parallel story of the attempt to develop a democratic alternative to Empire, beginning in Athens and continuing with the founding of the United States of America. But this remains an unfinished project - Korten documents how elitists with an imperial agenda have consistently sought to undermine the bold and inspiring "American experiment," beginning in the earliest days of the republic and continuing to the present day. Empire is not inevitable, 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 advancing a momentous turning toward a future of as-yet-unrealized human potential. The Great Turning illuminates our current predicament, provides a framework for grasping the potential of this historic moment, and shows us how to take action for the future of our planet, our communities, and ourselves.

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