David Korten (born 1937) is an American author, former professor of the Harvard Business School, political activist and prominent critic of corporate globalization.
When Corporations Rule the World (1995,2015)
- In its literal meaning, capitalism means rule by capital, more specifically rule by the owners of capital for their exclusive private benefit.
- p. 20
- There are more idealized definitions of capitalism, but I refer to the real capitalism—the kind we are living with. This capitalism is grounded in an elitist ideology of individualism supported by an institutional system devoted to the concentration and abuse of wealth for the exclusive benefit of a private ruling oligarchy. It is the capitalism that claims to champion democracy and markets even as it destroys them. The capitalism that claims to bring universal prosperity even wile denying it to all but its most favored servants. The capitalism that destroys life to make money and organizes as a suicide economy that destroys the foundations of its own existence—and ours.
- pp. 20-21
- Television has already been wholly colonized by corporate interests, which are now laying claim to our schools. The goal is not simply to sell products and strengthen the consumer culture. It is also to create a political culture that equates the corporate interest with the human interest in the public mind.
- p. 149
The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism (2012)
- In the 1980s capitalism triumphed over communism. In the 1990s it triumphed over democracy and the market economy.
- For those of us who grew up believing that capitalism is the foundation of democracy and market freedom, it has been a rude awakening to realize that under capitalism, democracy is for sale to the highest bidder and the market is centrally planned by global megacorporations larger than most states.