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Review: Life Inc. by Douglas RushkoffIt’s a hot polemic against modern banking, advertising, shopping, self-help and property speculation, says. In Life Inc., award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker, and scholar Douglas Rushkoff traces how corporations went from being convenient legal fictions to. Now includes “The Life Inc. Guide to Reclaiming the Value You Create” In Life Inc , award-winning writer Douglas Rushkoff traces how corporations.

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The jaw dropped, the eyes glazed over and the shopper’s path became less directed. View all 3 rushioff. The one found here is still quite raw and repetitive. Something tells me an injection of class analysis would provide a broader range of remedies to a stultifying corporatism.

Stay in Touch Sign up. Being so US centric blinds the theory to the fact that the solutions might work if it’s implemented around the globe. One get the feeling there is quite a bit of padding douglax make what could have been a long article into a full length book. Is anything, it is the other way around: We were told the perfect society is one we could rusukoff a stake in, through owning a home and a car and our own piece of suburban perfection.

But it is quite obvious that while these anecdotes might be based on real events Rushkoff might have experienced or read about, they are made up stories not ruahkoff accounts of actual events. Many people have suggested that the solution is simply for people to out-corporate the corporations.

Jul 05, Daniel rated it it was ok. Of course there’s a lot of scamming and bullshit in general in the modern world but when you support your arguments with farcical claims like how people were better off in the 10th century without any caveats do not expect dushkoff to take you seriously.

He discusses the value of local currencies and getting value back to the periphery instead of just “funneling it up. This book will help.


Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take it Back by Douglas Rushkoff

Probably not going to read anymore of ruhskoff upstream books anymore. In short, the book is about two things: I listened to the complete version of this, read by the author whose high voice adds to the overall peevishness of the work and found it very interesting and engaging throughout. The whole book is a relentless attack on capitalism.

I also found myself questioning some of the interpretations and conclusions. Statements, dkuglas upon researching, I either could not confirm or confirmed partially but not in keeping with the presentation.

And, because they were designed to draw wealth from the center, they continue to have that effect. When young people or anyone worry about personal brands, when corporations and everyday schmoes are involved in charities as ways to support their brand or when to use Mr. By way of homage, you will find that this long-winded review catalogues some of the interesting parts of Ruahkoff Inc. Jun 02, Minutes.

He goes into more detail in the following chapters. I’m looking forward to reading Throwing Rocks at innc Google Bus next. In some cases this works fine—the first chapter, for example, is very informative. Health, mind and body books reviews. This tends to happen along with a major life change or loss: Someone should complain about things that are not right, and there is much to legitimately bemoan about our current corporate culture.

From the Hardcover edition.

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I highly advise that anyone that reads through this book take Rushkoff’s analysis with a grain of salt, at times he seems to brush his view in broad strokes over a situation.

In any case propagandists for the free market like Reagan didn’t appeal to game theory to justify their arguments. Certainly this could be an error, or perhaps the author felt the particulars were unnecessary for some reason. In reality, the Fortune are just names on huge piles of debt. Kings created corporations, corporations created governments, replaced communities and isolated us under the guise of independence and self-sufficiency.


I particularly liked a couple of great examples of the same thing I was talking about in my article that described modern corporations as specialized venture capital firms.

In other cases it can be confusing or repetitive. Tell me what is working. Sad as some may find it, I don Meh. Ultimately, everything and everyone could be colonized for profit, fueling European colonialism and establishing corporatism as the basis for a new continent. And, yes, in the wake of Mitt Romney, you read that exactly right — companies that specialize in outsourcing jobs imc places like China outsource some of their own outsourcing!

The landscape on which we are living—the operating system on which we are now running our social software—was invented by people, sold to us as a better way of life, supported by myths, and ultimately allowed to develop into a self-sustaining reality. Jan 04, Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it Shelves: Okay, to a point. That’s the summary, more or less.

Book review: Life Inc.

Since when the US set the rules of the global economic game with the Bretton-Woods agreement which established the US Dollar as the global reserve currency, the policy of Corporatism has been international. Sudden disaster—like a sunk ship or a burned-down workshop—could destroy wealth as quickly as it lite be created.

Those currencies were made illegal to make room for central currencies—artificially scarce coin of the realm—that discouraged direct transactions between merchants and people. His fellow homo sapiens were becoming dispassionate economic actors instead of human beings.

I’m going to find another book on the topic.