Magazine article Policy & Practice

The Great Turning, from Empire to Earth Community

Magazine article Policy & Practice

The Great Turning, from Empire to Earth Community

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The Great Turning, From Empire to Earth Community By David Korten/Kumarian Press/ Berrett-Koehler Publisher/soft cover/402 pages/First Edition/ISBN 978-1-887208-08-6/$27.95

This book, by the author of the international bestseller "When Corporations Rule the World," sets forth a compelling story that provides a framework for a new political conversation. It pulls together the many strands of the writer's journey of understanding that began more than 46 years ago in his senior year of college.

In this book, Korten exposes what he calls the destructive and oppressive nature of the global corporate economy. He 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 book 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. He makes the case that "earth community," a life-centered, egalitarian, sustainable way of ordering human society based on democratic principles is possible, and offers a grassroots strategy to attaining such a utopia. …

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