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Series | A Living Earth Economy, Part 1 and Part 2

 

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  • What is the most important—yet neglected—issue in the political debate? Hint: It isn’t the ideal body weight of Miss Universe.
  • The $66 billion sale of Monsanto is yet another reminder of how corporations have colonized the world and subverted democracy. To regain our future, we must claim our right to popular sovereignty.
  • Part 1: The Elephant in the Room: What Trump, Clinton, and Even Stein Are Missing
  • Part 2: We Never Voted for Corporate Rule

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: The Elephant in the Room: What Trump, Clinton, and Even Stein Are Missing

What is the most important—yet neglected—issue in the political debate? Hint: It isn’t the ideal body weight of Miss Universe.

David Korten, Yes! Magazine

http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/the-elephant-in-the-room-what-trump-clinton-and-even-stein-wont-mention-20161005/trump-and-clinton-money.gif/imageOct 05, 2016 | In this most bizarre of presidential elections, no one is talking about one of the biggest—if not the biggest—issues of our time. Namely, the global power imbalance between corporations and governments.

Not Donald Trump, as he obsesses over the weight of a long-past Miss Universe. Not Hillary Clinton, despite her many substantive proposals that the media largely ignores. Not even Jill Stein, although she offers many proposals for moving power to the people at the national level.

David Korten wrote this article for Yes! Magazine as part of his column on “A Living Earth Economy.” David is co-founder and board chair of Yes! Magazine, president of the Living Economies Forum, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, a member of the Club of Rome, and the author of influential books, including When Corporations Rule the World and Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth.

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Part 2: We Never Voted for Corporate Rule

The $66 billion sale of Monsanto is yet another reminder of how corporations have colonized the world and subverted democracy. To regain our future, we must claim our right to popular sovereignty.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/we-never-voted-for-corporate-rule-20161019/corporate-rule-korten.gif/imageIllustration by kmlmtz66/ iStock.

David Korten, Yes! Magazine 

Oct 19, 2016 | In Part One, I argued that a healthy society requires that governments be accountable to the people for the well-being of all, and that corporations be accountable to democratic governments.

Last week, Bayer, a transnational drug and pesticide company, secured funding for its $66 billion offer to acquire Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of agricultural seeds. This follows the announced $130 billion merger of chemical giants Dow and DuPont, and ChemChina’s proposed $43 billion purchase of the seed and pesticide firm Syngenta.

David Korten wrote this article for Yes! Magazine as part of his column on “A Living Earth Economy.” David is co-founder and board chair of Yes! Magazine, president of the Living Economies Forum, co-chair of the New Economy Working Group, a member of the Club of Rome, and the author of influential books, including When Corporations Rule the World and Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth.

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Bullying executives won't result in lower prescription drug costs

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  • Congress should adopt reforms.
  • Congress needs to allow Medicare to negotiate prices, among other steps. 
  • Related: It’s Way Past Time We Stopped Deluding Ourselves About Private Health Insurers

From an editorial in the New York (NY) Times / Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune 

https://d2omw6a1nm6pnh.cloudfront.net/images/stop-big-pharma-180.jpg September 22, 2016 | A congressional hearing on Wednesday about the outlandish price increases of the EpiPen followed a pattern that has become all too familiar in recent years. A drug price soars for no reason; lawmakers call a hearing to scold a pharmaceutical executive; the executive pleads innocence and provides as little information as possible. The drama plays out with no effect on the price.

So it seemed to go with the hearing on the EpiPen, which is used by people suffering a severe allergic reaction to inject epinephrine, a lifesaving drug. Mylan, the maker of the device, raised the price to more than $600 for a pack of two in May, up from about $100 in 2007, when the company acquired the product from Merck KGaA. The increase caused a public uproar this summer. Members of Congress called for hearings and attorneys general in New York state and West Virginia have said they were investigating Mylan for antitrust violations.

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It’s Way Past Time We Stopped Deluding Ourselves About Private Health Insurers, Wendell Potter, Huffington Post 

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  • Folks, we are guilty of magical thinking. We’ve fallen for insurers’ deception and misdirection, hook, line and sinker. And, to the financial benefit of the industry’s executives and institutional investors, many of us can’t be persuaded that we are being duped. Meanwhile, the shareholders of the big for-profits are laughing all the way to the bank. Every single day.
  • Related: Health Care Inequality On The Rise

 

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