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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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