Life Inc

Life Inc

How the World Became A Corporation and How to Take It Back

Book - 2009
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In this captivating book, cultural theorist Rushkoff reveals how corporations have come to dominate all aspects of life--including our inner lives--and what to do about it. In tracing the roots of corporatism from the Renaissance to today, Rushkoff reveals the way it supplanted social interaction and local commerce and came to be regarded as a pre-existing condition of our world.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400066896
Branch Call Number: 306.0973 R8959L 2009
Characteristics: xxv, 274 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Life incorporated


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Feb 10, 2015

This is a great book for challenging how our Western "developed" economies work and function and the roles that corporations play in every facet of our daily lives. There's not a whole lot of "how to take it back" in this book though. Reading this didn't make me think materialism or corporatism are the Devil, but I think it's good to get perspectives that challenge the conventions of our system and am now ever so slightly more mindful about important topics such as community and participating in society in such a way as to make things better for everyone.

Jan 31, 2014

Do not read this book! Instead, go out and invest in/buy stocks of, drone manufacturing companies, Monsanto and the organ harvesting industry! Just being sarcastic - - although Michael Perelman's "The Invention of Capitalism" is still my favorite in explaining this, Mr. Rushkoff's book is also quite good! How many people really understand what World War I was about (a battle between the bankers and the royalists over control of money creation)? Or that the longest continuing, and oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the City of London Corporation, which essentially bought out the British Royal Family in the early 1700s by leasing to them, in perpetuity (as in forever), at rockbottom cheap - - and frozen - - 1700s' prices, the choicest real estate in London and surrounding England? Few, I'll wager. . .(The upper echelon royals are those who in turn lease out the leased lands at exorbitant prices [shillings on the thousands of pounds] and the lower echelon royals, such as Princess Di's family, are the rent collectors.)

understandinglife Oct 01, 2011

I learned a lot about the world we in live and how it was shaped by corporations. I also found the anecdote that the author presented in the beginning of the book telling of the times because it illustrated the kind of mindset people have under this corporate system.

Mar 11, 2011

Passionate, intelligent and well researched. Unlike the Value if Nothing, it actually made the system of valuation seem absurd momentarily. I thought I can live a happier life outside the bounds of money. That is until I kinda got bored at the end and needed a Starbucks, and I was informed that they only take cash, credit, debit or gift cards.

Dec 23, 2010

An excellent book on how corporatism infests many spheres of modern life. The chief direction the author suggests activists may wish to pursue is towards local currency's.
Rushkoff intelligently points out that huge volumes of "virtual capital" effectively destroys real, created value and can often be deployed at cross purposes; where one subsidiary of a conglomerate profits from the externalities generated by another.
Though the book feels rushed and somewhat less persuasively argued in the final few chapters, the authors call to action generally rests on sound, well rounded arguments.


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