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.

The Great Stock Scam

Stock sales are supposed to finance new or expanded productive activity. The numbers tell a different story.

But What About My 401(k)?

Credit cards, mortgages, insurance, retirement: We can meet our basic financial needs without Wall Street.

Making a Living

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

Design for Life

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

Learning from the Biosphere

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

The World of Our Dreams

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.

Our Human Nature

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

Greed is Not a Virtue

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

The End of Empire

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

A System Designed to Crash

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.

Phantom Wealth and False Expectations

Playing money games to profit from false expectations is not the same as investing in jobs that produce real value to meet real needs

On the Origin of Corporations

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