David Korten’s basic bestseller, When Companies Rule the World, was one of many first books to articulate the harmful and oppressive nature of the worldwide company financial system. Now, ten years later, Korten exhibits that the issue runs deeper than company domination—with far better penalties.
In The Nice Turning, Korten argues that company consolidation of energy is merely a up to date manifestation of what he calls “Empire”: the group of society by hierarchies of domination grounded in violent chauvinisms of race, gender, faith, nationality, language, and sophistication. The outcome has been the identical for five,000 years, fortune for the few and distress for the various. More and more harmful of kids, household, group, and nature, the way in which of Empire is resulting in environmental and social collapse.
The Nice Turning makes the case that we people are a alternative making species that at this defining second faces each the chance and the crucial to decide on our future as a acutely aware collective act. We will not deny the necessity nor delay our response. A mounting good financial storm is quick approaching. A convergence of local weather change, peak oil, and the monetary instability inherent in an unbalanced world buying and selling system will deliver an unraveling of the corporate-led world financial system and a dramatic restructuring of each facet of recent life.
We can not keep away from the unraveling. We will, nevertheless, flip a doubtlessly terminal disaster into an epic alternative to deliver forth a brand new period of Earth Neighborhood grounded within the life-affirming cultural values shared by most all of the world’s individuals and eloquently articulated within the Earth Constitution.
The Nice Turning is a necessary useful resource for many who perceive this want and are ready to have interaction what Thomas Berry calls the Nice Work. It cuts by the complexity of our time to light up a easy, however elegant fact. We people dwell by tales. We’re held captive to the methods of Empire by a cultural trance of our personal creation maintained by tales that deny the upper prospects of our human nature—together with our capacities for compassion, cooperation, accountable self-direction, and self-organizing partnership.
Altering our future begins with altering our tales. A piece already underway, it finally calls out for the participation of each individual on the planet. The Nice Turning factors the way in which to the inspiring end result inside our attain.
Desk of Contents (some chapters are excerpted right here)
Prologue: In Search of the Doable
Half I: Selecting Our Future
1. The Selection
2. The Risk
3. The Crucial
4. The Alternative
Half II: Sorrows of Empire
5. When God Was a Lady
6. Historic Empire
7. Trendy Empire
8. Athenian Experiment
Half III: America, The Unfinished Undertaking
9. Inauspicious Starting
10. Individuals Energy Rebel
11. Empire’s Victory
12. Wrestle for Justice
13. Wake Up Name
14. Prisons of the Thoughts
Half IV: The Nice Turning
15. Past Strict Father Vs Growing old Clock
16. Creation’s Epic Journey
17. Joys of Earth Neighborhood
18. Tales for a New Period
Half V: Birthing Earth Neighborhood
19. Main from Under (excerpt)
20. Constructing A Political Majority (excerpt)
21. Liberating Artistic Potential
22. Change the Story, Change the Future