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The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Communityby David C. Korten
Synopses & Reviews
*Sweeping survey of world history offering a new understanding of the key challenge of our time
*Offers a positive message of hope for a sustainable and just future and a practical strategy for getting there
In The Great Turning, David Korten argues that "Empire," the organization of society through hierarchy and violence has always resulted in misery for the many and fortune for the few, but now it threatens the very future of humanity as Empire has become unsustainable and destructive.
Korten traces the roots of Empire and charts the evolution of its instruments of control, from absolute monarchies to the multinational institutions of the global economy. He describes efforts to develop democratic alternatives to Empire, such as the founding of the United States and shows how elitists with an imperial agenda have undermined the "American experiment."
Empire is not inevitable, and we can turn away from it. Korten draws on evidence from evolutionary theory, developmental psychology, and religious teachings to show that a life-centered, egalitarian, sustainable, democratic "Earth Community" is possible.
Legendary author David Korten (author of the international bestsellers When Corporations Rule the World and The Post-Corporate World, with more than 150,000 copies sold combined) addresses the threat of continued warfare to the future of humanity, appealing to the millions of concerned citizens searching for alternatives.
Table of Contents
Prologue: In search of the possible — Part I. Choosing our future : The choice — The possibility — The imperative — The opportunity — Part II. Sorrows of empire : When God was a woman — Ancient empire — Modern empire — Athenian experiment — Part III. America, the unfinished project : Inauspicious beginning — People power rebellion — Empire's victory — Struggle for justice — Wake up call — Prisons of the mind — Part IV. The great turning : Beyond strict father versus aging clock — Creation's epic journey — Joys of earth community — Stories for a new era — Part V. Birthing earth community : Leading from below — Building a political majority — Liberating creative potential — Change the story, change the future.
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