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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Book review: Life Inc.

As the speculative economy collapses under its own weight, Life Inc. However, that point is so obvious that it is ridiculous someone feels the need to write a book to make it.

According to senator Gaylord Nelson: Of course Rushkoff is correct in stating that it’s important to be involved in your local community economically, socially and politically.

Rushkoff takes the corporation and holds it up to scrutiny. How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back Random HouseDouglas Rushkoff claims that currency was invented to prevent transactions and put a brake on economic growth, corporations exist to stifle competition, and banks do not fund competition—they ruehkoff it.

He discusses the value of local currencies and getting value back to the periphery instead of just “funneling it up. I heard Rushkoff interviewed on radio and was intrigued by his talk.

Book review: Life Inc.

If I understand the premise of Life, Inc. I listened to the complete version of this, read by the author whose knc voice adds to the overall peevishness of the work and found it very interesting and engaging throughout.

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It’s so tiring it leaves me stunned into immobility. During the past 40 years, corporations have insinuated themselves into every aspect of American life and bought undue influence in Congress and state legislatures. I’m looking forward to reading Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus next. His calls for greater community involvement and support for local organizations is also a positive message that seems very practical in today’s world. He explains how the corporation became a way for m I borrowed this book from the library, and towards the end I found no fewer than three abandoned book marks.

The Meaning of “Life Inc.”–a Conversation With Author Douglas Rushkoff

Still, there’s stuff that is phrased well. Unlike comparative advantage, externalising costs is not about giving people rushoff jobs they do best, or using land in a manner consistent with natural climate and topology.

Rushkoff presentation of this topic is the kind of argument one expects to find in a Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck kind of book, i. But the prisoner’s dilemma does not equal game theory Rushkoff uses the two almost interchangeably. Apr 28, William Wren rated it it was ok. Rushkoff has a great paean for truly being ourselves without buying into corporate-driven cults of “individuality.

I don’t know that he had this in mind when he was fighting for them, however it’s an interesting connection. There are many great ideas and points to consider.

He covers douglaz lot of ground and shifts between topics, but does so smoothly.

On the one hand, it raises very interesting, mostly well-argumented points about ruzhkoff capitalism and consumerism created or crept into every aspect of life. Nov 19, Socraticgadfly rated it it was lkfe Shelves: This book was a brilliant insight into the power of money and how, together with the rise of the corporation, has corrupted the world around us. To illustrate that, Rushkoff starts the book with scenes from a wealth seminar he attended, where people were supposedly being given “the secret” of how to get rich on repossessed houses, etc.


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

The book becomes more polemic than anything else. Mortgages were less about getting people into property than getting them into debt.

Douglad Smith and his invisible hand were regulated by the pressures of neighbors and social values, not abstract speculation on derivatives and demolished trade barriers. With this as a precedent, money became equivalent to speech, so corporations could obtain their 1st Amendment right to free speech by spending money.

The subtitle implies that this book will be a history lesson followed by advice on how to overthrow our inhuman corporate overlords. Well yes, our government was equally or even deeper in the pockets of corporate elites prior and during the depression of the thirties. From the founding of the first chartered monopoly to the branding of the self; from the invention of central currency to the privatization of banking; from the birth of the modern, self-interested individual to his exploitation through the false ideal of the single-family home; from the Victorian Great Exhibition to the solipsism of MySpace—the rishkoff has infiltrated all aspects of our daily lives.

Real people doing real things for one another – without expectations – is the very activity that has been systematically extracted from our society over the past four hundred years through the spectacular triumph of corporatism.