David Korten's Blog

David Korten is co-founder and board chair of YES! Magazine and author of Agenda for a New Economy, The Great Turning, and When Corporations Rule the World.

But What About My 401(k)?

David Korten at May 31, 2011 04:35 PM |

Credit cards, mortgages, insurance, retirement: We can meet our basic financial needs (and find real security) without Wall Street.

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7 Ways to Stop Wall Street’s Con Game

David Korten at May 23, 2011 05:10 PM |

Whether it’s done by Wall Street or the mafia, theft is theft

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Living Buildings, Living Economies, and a Living Future

David Korten at May 18, 2011 06:10 PM |

David Korten: Two ideas that bring me renewed hope that we can end our isolation from nature and from each other.

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Making a Living

David Korten at May 09, 2011 03:30 PM |

We can all live well with what Earth provides—if we seek to make a living rather than a killing.

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Design for Life

David Korten at May 02, 2011 04:45 PM |

Applying nature's design principles, we can design economies that self-correct toward Earth balance, shared prosperity, and living democracy.

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Learning from the Biosphere

David Korten at Apr 25, 2011 03:15 PM |

Life provides us with time-tested system design principles. We violate them at our peril.

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The World of Our Dreams

David Korten at Apr 18, 2011 01:45 PM |

I find hope in the fact that for all our wondrous differences, at the core we humans all want most of the same things. Fortunately, what we want aligns with where we need to go.

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Our Human Nature

David Korten at Apr 12, 2011 01:35 PM |

Greed is a sign of moral and psychological immaturity. Psychologically and morally mature adults are caring, cooperative, and honest.

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Greed is Not a Virtue

David Korten at Apr 05, 2011 03:00 PM |

Wall Street's celebration and promotion of moral perversion as a virtue must be exposed and condemned.

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The End of Empire

David Korten at Mar 28, 2011 12:35 PM |

Wall Street’s days are numbered. Ours need not be.

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A System Designed to Crash

David Korten at Mar 21, 2011 03:45 PM |

To create a stable functioning financial system, we must first understand why the current financial system holds policy makers hostage to Wall Street interests. It is more than just political corruption.

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Wall Street’s Phantom Wealth and False Expectations

David Korten at Mar 15, 2011 06:25 PM |

Unreasonable expectations are likely to be an issue for baby boomers who built up financial assets during the stock market boom in anticipation of a comfortable retirement.

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On the Origin of Corporations

David Korten at Mar 07, 2011 04:35 PM |

How today's Wall Street profiteers follow in the footsteps of the buccaneers and privateers of yesteryear.

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7 Steps for Action Toward a New Economy

David Korten at Mar 02, 2011 03:50 PM |

Rather than turning again to increased global competition to mend our failing economy, we must instead steer our focus toward cooperation and equality.

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War Against the Middle Class

David Korten at Mar 01, 2011 12:00 PM |

How Wall Street undermined an American ideal and won the class war.

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Clueless Economists, Smart Ecologists

David Korten at Feb 22, 2011 06:20 PM |

To successfully address climate change and extreme poverty, the mindset of the economist must give way to the mindset of the ecologist.

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A Real-Market Alternative

David Korten at Feb 15, 2011 05:20 PM |

Our current economic choice is not between capitalism and communism. It is between locally accountable Main Street markets and Wall Street central planning by predatory global financiers.

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Good Debt, Bad Debt

David Korten at Feb 08, 2011 12:20 PM |

Is using debt to create money a bad idea? It depends on where the money goes.

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Money From Nothing?

David Korten at Feb 01, 2011 12:45 PM |

Through their accounting slight of hand, Wall Street illusionists convince even themselves that they are enriching society rather than preying on it.

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System Failure? Look Upstream

David Korten at Jan 25, 2011 12:25 PM |

Why is our economic system consigning billions of people to degrading poverty, destroying Earth's ecosystem, and tearing up the social fabric of civilized community?

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