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Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back (2009)

by Douglas Rushkoff

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This book won't solve all the world's problems, but it quite usefully reframes issues for people living in the U.S.A. and similar societies. It's an informative read that tells stories of history, society, and economy without devolving into name-calling or sensationalism. ( )
  Brian.Gunderson | Dec 6, 2013 |
Too overwraught to get four stars, but close ( )
  BakuDreamer | Sep 7, 2013 |
An eye opener ( )
  siddartha | Dec 1, 2011 |
I love how this book really tied everything together, and how it managed to remain optimistic instead of dismal like most books of these sorts. That said, I think the conclusion was a bit lacking in strength, especially after the book's big buildup. ( )
  lemontwist | Feb 1, 2010 |
In Life Incorporated, Rushkoff examines the roots of our modern corporation-dominated world and traces the underlying economic rules back to the Renaissance. He goes into detail over how our society became disconnected from the real, local, and personal, and which laws and policies facilitated this. The digging leads to questioning the assumptions by which the modern world operates, such as the nature of the money we use (a complementary system operated in the High Middle Ages, and outlawing it led to a lack of local reinvestment that ultimately facilitated the Black Death).

He notes a number of organizations contributing to solving problems, and weighs in most strongly on a variant of “think global, act local”: get involved in your own community, and spread the knowledge of how you did it to other communities. (Examples of this include complementary currencies like Time Dollars and BerkShares, barter exchanges like ITEX, and community-supported-agriculture groups like Sustainable South Bronx.) ( )
  slothman | Jun 27, 2009 |
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Analyzes the ways in which corporate interests dominate life, citing the impact of branding and marketing on everything from health care to relationships, and makes recommendations for achieving authenticity and disengaging from commercial expectations.… (more)

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