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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Unlike comparative advantage, externalising costs is not about giving people the jobs they do best, or using land in a manner consistent with natural climate and topology. After all, corporations are made up of people, and when you get to the bottom of it, people do all the work anyway.

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

Jun 14, Enrique Santos rated it liked it. Rushkoff seems split over a chronological or thematic organization to his argument … so he kind of goes for both. As Rushkoff notes, “Corporatism depends first on our disconnection. Coming up with solutions is hard. At one point the author claims corporations were the cause of witch burnings and the plague.

In his latest book, Life Inc.: A board of directors that didn’t do so would be failing in its fiduciary duty to the shareholders. rusukoff

But those were local currencies, grain receipts really, that lost value over time so people spent them. He discusses the value of local currencies and getting value back to the periphery instead of just “funneling it up.

The book is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to know how the economy got to be the way it is, and how we might do better: As I type this on my Microsoft Asus laptop, looking at the screen through my new Converse reading glasses, drinking Bigalow earl gray tea and listening to a CTV News broadcast in the background, I feel like sort of a hypocrite.

Have we lost the notion of community or is the idea of community a much broader one? Oh and did I mention the Crusades? The housing bubble had little to do with buying pressure, and everything to do with an excess of capital looking for people who might borrow it.


Unless you’re planning to sell or refinance your property, its market value should be of little interest–certainly of less interest than the presence of muggers working the sidewalk in front of your home. In practice, local money produces a very different result from centralized money.

This is a book everyone needs to read. For example, the information on PASAR is not wrong insofar as the sentences about it contain no untruths; however, it is misleading by virtue of omitted I’m DNFing 38 pages in. Consumer AffairsFinancial NewsGeneral Tipsbook reviewbookscorporatecorporate culturedouglas rushkoffeconomicsEconomylarge corporationsmonetary historymoneyreviewreviewsrushkoff.

A Brief History of HumankindI really felt the difference.

That said, Rushkoff did have some new information for me on the way money systems are controlled in our modern world, vs. Instead, Rushkoff insults and demeans anyone who does things differently than he would like. Computers – once tools lite sharing technological resources – mutated into handheld iPhones that reduces formerly shared public spaces to separate bubbles of private conversation and entertainment.

One get the feeling there is quite a bit of padding to make what could have been a long article into a full length book. And when the founders set out to shape a newly independent America, rhshkoff were careful to put ample measures in place to keep corporations in check. And if we try to solve world problems, that’s ’cause corporations have taught us to think too highly of ourselves; a more reasonable goal would be small-scale change in our neighborhood.

In any case propagandists for the free market like Reagan didn’t appeal to game theory to justify their arguments.

While nations and economies thrived using alternate models of economic transaction, the course of history has resulted in our particular economic arrangement. Each chapter is loosely based around a theme, and then from there he delivers a historical perspective on that theme.

The evolution of the internet recapitulates the souglas through which corporatism took hold of our society. To talk of this period as some sort of pastoral utopia is utter nonsense. Since then my feelings about capitalism have changed. If you read Life Inc. Like most leftist intellectuals and I’m not one of their opponents btw he dislikes arrogant, greedy corporations and idealizes small, intertwined communities couglas are relatively free of big business.

It’s when he fields solutions that he runs into problems. Monetarism and its critique of Keynes is the main idea used in Reagonomics. In reality, the Fortune are just names on huge piles of debt. He provides a few good examples of how this has worked previously and currently. When your business is basically a name on debt—as most of the Fortune really are—then you need to grow at a rate dictated by interest rates, not supply and demand.


Nonetheless, the picture painted by these omissions constitutes misinformation.

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

Definitely a good movie. T he world has gone mad, and media theorist Rushkoff blames the Renaissance. Those who control history control the future and in Life Inc. Critiquing capitalism is easy. When we think Wal-Mart succeeds because it is efficient, ruwhkoff only does so because it has access to speculative markets beyond the reach of local shopkeepers. Hardcoverpages.

A world gone mad

As the Corporate Capitalist systems which have driven economic reality and moderated human life continue to break down, Life Inc. Places such as the Strip in Las Vegas or New York’s Times Square create the Gruen transfer in an outdoor environment, with the flashing lights and massive screens.

Health, mind and body books reviews. Having raised doubts douvlas our interpretation of history, the author also questions traditional economic theory and GDP in particular, pointing out that while things like ryshkoff and divorce increase GDP, home cooked meals and socialising with the neighbours decrease GDP. Rushkoff succeeds in tracing a clear and coherent history uncovering how arbitrary the rules of the modern economic game truly are.

Whether others agreed with this idea tushkoff not was irrelevant, in a sense. Undo protectionist regulations making it impossible or illegal for farmers to grow the crops best suited to their climates and soil.

But these cars needed a highway network. After evolving over hundreds of years into its current form, Corporate Capitalism is now taken so thoroughly for granted that few even question the basic mythology behind it.