David Korten Quotes

33 David Korten quotes:

"Money is a mechanism for control."
"And each of these perspectives comes to the same conclusion, which is that our global economy is out of control and performing contrary to basic principles of market economics."
"As long as you have a system that is based on the rational that if you are making money you are thereby making a contribution to society, these financial rogue practices will continue."
"But in the past, US companies have been able to increase their profits through downsizing in the US, through colonizing other people's resources, and through the increase of globalization."
"But we can also take the radical view that the test of an economy has to do with the extent to which it is providing everybody with a decent means of living."
"Europeans say they are proud of their social fabric, of strong rights for workers and the weak in society."
"Global competition is about winners and losers."
"If I would need to make a prediction I still believe Kaplan's scenario is very plausible."
"If you look at the US economy over the last 15-20 years wages have been stagnating or even declining."
"If you look internationally over the last 50 years there have been improvements in the third world, but in the last 20 years the reverse has happened, with debt crises and increased poverty."
"In a world of increasing inequality, the legitimacy of institutions that give precedence to the property rights of "the Haves" over the human rights of "the Have Nots" is inevitably called into serious question."
"In order to find solutions to the increased poverty around the world, it is absolutely essential to keep the bigger picture in mind."
"In the US, most progressives start to see the differences between internationalism and economic globalization."
"It is interesting to note that the 200 richest people have more assets than the 2 billion poorest."
"Money flows into the US, and inflates US assets, and allows the US to have a monstrous trade deficit. That means we are consuming more than we are producing."
"Money is not wealth. Money is a claim on wealth."
"More and more surveys in the US are indicating a change in values taking place among consumers, who become more concerned about quality of life, food, health and the environment."
"More humane societies are usually smaller, like the Scandinavian countries and Holland, where it is much easier to reach consensus and cooperation."
"Moreover, statistics can be deceiving: the growth of jobs in the US in the 90s was due to many part-time jobs, with no benefits and generally low pay."
"My claim is that we do not have a market economy, but a capitalist economy."

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