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Corporation Nation: How Corporations Are Taking Over Our Lives and What We Can Do about Itby Charles Derber
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Foreword by Ralph Nader. In Corporation Nation Derber addresses the unchecked power of todays corporations to shape the way we work, earn, buy, sell, and think—the very way we live. Huge, far-reaching mergers are now commonplace, downsizing is rampant, and our lines of communication, news and entertainment media, jobs, and savings are increasingly controlled by a handful of global—and unaccountable—conglomerates. We are, in effect, losing our financial and emotional security, depending more than ever on the whim of these corporations. But it doesnt have to be this way, as this book makes clear. Just as the original Populist movement of the nineteenth century helped dethrone the robber barons, Derber contends that a new, positive populism can help the U.S. workforce regain its self-control.
Drawing on core sociological concepts and demonstrating the power of the sociological imagination, he calls for revisions in our corporate system, changes designed to keep corporations healthy while also making them answerable to the people. From rewriting corporate charters to altering consumer habits, Derber offers new aims for businesses and empowering strategies by which we all can make a difference.
"Preserving America" covers the dissolution of the American family, the failure of American public education, the corruption of the American government, the consolidation of the American media, the failure of the American economy, the insolvency of Social Security, the unaffordability of American healthcare, terrorism, the ecological problems which face us, and the dangers of America's religious prejudices. It explains the origins of each dilemma and offers cogent solutions to our problems.
Do you think America is on the right track? Are you happy with how the government handles our economy, our healthcare, Social Security, terrorism? Are you content with the performance of your public schools? If you answered "no," you’re not alone. Most polls show that over 61% of us think we're on the wrong path. "Preserving America" will allow you to investigate the ten most critical issues facing our nation with solid research and clear writing. But it will also offer you real, practical solutions to our problems, solutions you can take to your schools, your doctors, your government leaders. "Preserving America" is a self-help book for our nation, of vital importance to every thinking citizen.
In a world where Bill Gates wields more power than Bill Clinton, a leading social critic shows how things got this way and how we can change them.
About the Author
Charles Derber, professor of sociology at Boston College and noted social critic, is the author of The Wilding of America.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The Decline of the Traditional Family
Chapter 2. Educational Failure
Chapter 3. Political Corruption
Chapter 4. The Consolidation of the Media
Chapter 5. Financial Irresponsibility
Chapter 6. The Insolvency of Social Security
Chapter 7. The Unaffordability of Healthcare
Chapter 8. Misunderstanding Terrorism
Chapter 9. Ignoring Ecology
Chapter 10. The Intolerances of Religion
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