David Korten Quotes, Sayings, Remarks, Thoughts and Speeches

David Korten Quotes and Sayings

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    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. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    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. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    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. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    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. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    Capitalism and the market are presented as synonymous, but they are not. Capitalism is both the enemy of the market and democracy. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    Capitalism is not about free competitive choices among people who are reasonably equal in their buying and selling of economic power, it is about concentrating capital, concentrating economic power in very few hands using that power to trash everyone who gets in their way. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    Europeans say they are proud of their social fabric, of strong rights for workers and the weak in society. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    Global competition is about winners and losers. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    If I would need to make a prediction I still believe Kaplan's scenario is very plausible. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    If you look at the US economy over the last 15-20 years wages have been stagnating or even declining. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    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. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    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. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    In the US, most progressives start to see the differences between internationalism and economic globalization. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    It is interesting to note that the 200 richest people have more assets than the 2 billion poorest. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    It will take some time before a politician will capture the imagination of the American people and have the vision and understanding to do what is necessary for a better future for the people of America and the world. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    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. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    Money is a mechanism for control. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    Money is not wealth. Money is a claim on wealth. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    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. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    More humane societies are usually smaller, like the Scandinavian countries and Holland, where it is much easier to reach consensus and cooperation. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    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. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    My claim is that we do not have a market economy, but a capitalist economy. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    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. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    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. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    So, there is enormous instability in the global economy with a shift of winners and losers. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    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. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    The first principle of the market economy is that it is comprised of many small buyers and sellers, which implies a substantial degree of equity. Another fundamental market principle is that costs are internalized in the producer's price. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    The professional study of economics has become ideological brainwashing. It is a defense of the excesses of the capitalist system. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    There are actually very few US politicians who have integrity and vision. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    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. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    There is no visible sign that the current politicians in the US are willing to see the need for change. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    Wall Street sees a social fabric or social contract as inefficiencies, which need to be removed. David Korten | Refcard PDF
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    We should be moving toward local currencies not global or European currencies. David Korten | Refcard PDF






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