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♦ CHAPTER ONE ♦How Did Corporations Get So Much Power?In which the author reads a poll, feels provoked and befuddled, and organizes his investigation

As corporations gain in autonomous institutional power and become more detached from people and place, the human interest and the corporate interest increasingly diverge. It is almost as though we were being invaded by alien beings intent on colonizing our planet, reducing us to serfs, and then excluding as many of us as possible. —David Korten, When Corporations Rule the World

IT’S NOT OFTEN that Americans get asked by pollsters what they think about corporate power. Usually the questions are on issues like abortion and gun control. But in September 2000, Business Week published the results ...

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