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The Post-Corporate World by David C. Korten
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Oct 13, 11

bookshelves: political, non-fiction
Read in January, 2005

The Post-Corporate World After Capitalism is predictably baffling due to the author’s viewpoint of capitalism. Capitalism is anti-poverty. If capitalism were to be abandoned across the world, starvation and utter poverty would spread to all parts of the world. If one were to think of Africa, many associate poverty. Why? South Africa is the only capitalist economy in the entire continent while all other countries have some form of centrally planned economies. Korten describes all the actions that would be necessary to rid the world of corporate conglomerates. For the most part, I agree that corporate conglomerates are bad; however, most of the incessant corporate power comes at the hands of crony capitalism. Governments around the world help and assist corporations gain the edge in the marketplace through cronyism with bailouts, subsidies, taxes, regulations and tariffs. Overall, the ideas are quite detailed and intriguing, but they are not feasible until the intertwined connections of government and corporations are broken.

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Isa Ritchie If you think capitalism is anti-poverty, please read publications by Via La Campesina, the international peasant movement and try to understand, from the voices of the people affected most by capitalism, how it generates poverty and food scarcity.

Clinton Considering the roots of Via La Campesina is in Indonesia, it is sadly predictable the unfortunate situation for these people. Capitalism is not the reason for mass poverty and food scarcity, it is the government. Granted Indonesia has a mixed economy, yet it severely lacks economic freedom where it is ranked 115th with very little property rights, massive government spending, suffocating regulatory policy and little open markets for trade.

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