Outside the Box: Corporations
is anti-globalization bible
That would be a natural reaction to possibly one of the most revolutionary
books of our time, When Corporations Rule the World by David C. Korten,
published in 2001.
Korten is co-founder and board chair of the Positive Futures Network,
publisher of YES! A Journal of Positive Futures, founder and president
of The People-Centered development Forum and an associate of the International
Forum on Globalization. He earned his MBA and PhD at the Stanford Graduate
School of Business and served in the United States Air Force during the
Vietnam War. He also served for over five years as a faculty member of
the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
Corporations has been labelled as the quasi-bible of the anti-globalization
movement or as Korten prefers, "the living democracy."
It is not another Communist Manifesto. In fact, Korten is a strong supporter
of the capitalist system and Adam Smith's writings. However, he is not
a fan of the Disneyland/ABC/ General Motors/Exxon conglomerate, which
he effectively points out is leading society ever closer to the precipice.
If Bretton Woods, IMF, WBO and the military-corporate conglomerate are
a mystery to you, read this book.
One of the outstanding features of Korten's work is his meticulous footnoting.
Many of the facts presented may seem incredulous, especially if you have
been watching a lot of American television. By using numerous footnotes,
the author has given the reader the opportunity to confirm whether what
is written is true or not.
Unfortunately, the seriousness of the subject does not lead to what might
be described as a light read. On the other hand, if you are seen reading
this book on the beach this summer, you have an excellent chance of having
a conversation starter (i.e. a chance to use your famous pick-up lines).
That's not to say this book is a babe or hunk magnet, it just means that
anyone intelligent enough to have read the book might be someone worth
Over 30 years ago, Bob Dylan wrote, "The times they are a changin',"
and they did for the worse. Korten's book shows that the water
is rising, and it's time to sink or swim. To quote Captain Kirk, "In
every revolution there is one man with a vision." With luck, that
man or woman will read this book.