David Korten Quotes

33 David Korten quotes:

"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."
"More humane societies are usually smaller, like the Scandinavian countries and Holland, where it is much easier to reach consensus and cooperation."
"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 order to find solutions to the increased poverty around the world, it is absolutely essential to keep the bigger picture in mind."
"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."
"My own experience in the third world was that even if people started to make more money, the cost of living and housing increased often faster than the wages."
"There are actually very few US politicians who have integrity and vision."
"There is no visible sign that the current politicians in the US are willing to see the need for change."
"Not exclusively, but the bulk of our local economy should be covered by local currencies, which is more efficient than having global currencies which lose connection with reality in the markets, shops and communities of the people."
"So, there is enormous instability in the global economy with a shift of winners and losers."
"The EU will face problems similar to the US: an increasing gap between the citizens and decision makers in Brussels and a perceived or even real lack of democracy."
"There is a huge shift taking place in the global awareness in the last 5 years with strong views about globalization and the power structures of major corporations."
"We should be moving toward local currencies not global or European currencies."
"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."

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