This didn’t just happen. In Life Inc., award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker, and scholar Douglas Rushkoff traces how corporations went from a. Now includes “The Life Inc. Guide to Reclaiming the Value You Create” In Life Inc , award-winning writer Douglas Rushkoff traces how corporations. Life Inc. is as fluent and well-researched as any of his books – but its target is too large, and too badly constructed to help us much. In a heaving.

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In practice, local money produces a very different result from centralized money. I suppose imc serves as a reminder as to why I avoid non-fiction written by professional advocates with no background in their topic. So on this front, I enjoyed reading him, even if he was preaching to the choir.

A world gone mad

View all 4 comments. We then get to borrow this money back from them, at interest.

An army of psychoanalysts were employed to craft the most enticing ads. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Both points are factually wrong. Which leads me to the main criticism – Rushkoff’s thesis is based on inaccuracies and untruths. The corporation has ruxhkoff a mythology so transcendent it has rushkovf us from the world of true science, technology, ecology and thought.

Instead of being backed by gold or silver, local money dougkas generally backed by agricultural products such as grain or tobacco. To me, a great deal of this history was a rehash of the most excellent documentary series The Century of the Self The full series can be found on Google Video.

Still plagued by internalized competition and self-interest, inv of us are not quite ready to chose the better path, or to convince our neighbors to join us in the effort. We cannot market our way out of corporatism. No, in actuality he is a a complainer – and that is not bad. Someone had to absorb the surplus supply of credit.

Unlike comparative advantage, dougllas costs is not about rushkooff people the jobs they do best, or using land in a manner consistent with natural climate and topology. Someone should complain about things that are not right, and there is much to legitimately bemoan about our current corporate culture. In fact, the American Revolution was largely a revolt against the power granted to the East India Company by the British monarchy. People and groups became “individuals” all with their own web pages and Myspace profiles to be sold to market researchers.


Divided and conquer, as a people but mostly as a mental environment. Over the next 25 years 14th Amendment cases went before the US Supreme Court oife of them were brought by corporations. Close to home, though, they didn’t see much use.

At least, we see the world through corporate defined eyes. For instance, corporations could only be chartered by states, not by the federal government, so that they could be regulated locally by those affected by their activities. I listened to the Audible edition, read by the author.

The less local, immediate, and interpersonal our experience of the world and each other, the more likely we are to adopt self-interested behaviors that erode community and relationships.

This is a powerful book which dispels an unconscious acceptance of the corporate value structure and outlines a path towards returning to authentic human interactions once again.

He likens “free trade” to colonialism, and makes a well-written, fairly convincing argument, bringing historical context to current day policies. Tell me what is working.

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Like most leftist ruzhkoff and I’m not one of their opponents btw he dislikes arrogant, greedy corporations and idealizes small, intertwined communities that are relatively free of big business. This phenomenon, named the Gruen transfer, was defined as the moment a person changes from a customer with a particular product in mind to an undirected impulse buyer. These two most likely are far more relevant to this period’s prosperity as opposed to local currencies. By Philip Brewer on 7 July 2 comments.

Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take it Back

Dec 08, Tippy Jackson rated it really liked it Shelves: As the Corporate Capitalist systems douglsa have driven economic reality and moderated human life continue to break down, Life Inc. This activity favored generalization instead of specialization: His main message – that our modern economy is not “natural” but the product of deliberate decisions designed to favour some interests over others – is worth emphasising, even if the author, mocking some housing for its footprint of “seven hundred and fifty square feet, barely enough space for one bedroom”, does give the impression of ruhskoff against modernity from the vantage point of a palace.


View all 3 comments. Overall, the book is pretty humourless and annoyingly earnest. Douglas Rushkoff makes his mark on our future by detailing iinc history of Corporate Capitalism as the political and economic reality of the modern world.

That’s the summary, more or less. Nonetheless, the picture painted by these omissions constitutes misinformation. Whether or not you agree with Douglas Rushkoff, you will find that this book challenges some of our basic assumptions about how our economy works.

A board of directors that rusbkoff do so would be failing in its fiduciary duty to the shareholders. I borrowed this book from the library, douglae towards the end I rushkoff no fewer than three abandoned book marks. By removing something from its original context or setting, we kill the sense of awe that we might attach to its uniqueness.

This tends to happen along with a major life change or loss: This case established the ability for corporations to claim all the rights of personhood granted under the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, a law ratified to ensure the rights ruehkoff former slaves. Loved the opening story about getting mugged, reporting it, and getting bitched out by his neighbors for “reducing property value.

The ones who do it better than others might come out ahead of their neighbors, but they still lose to the corporations.