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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (524 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Douglas Rushkoff Narrator: Douglas Rushkoff Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In Life Inc, award-winning writer Douglas Rushkoff traces how corporations went from being convenient legal fictions to being the dominant fact of contemporary life. The resulting ideology, corporatism, has infiltrated all aspects of civics, commerce, and culture—from the founding of the first chartered monopoly to the branding of the self, from the invention of central currency to the privatization of banking, from the Victorian Great Exhibition to the solipsism of Facebook. Life Inc explains why we see our homes as investments rather than places to live, our 401(k) plans as the ultimate measure of success, and the Internet as just another place to do business. Most important, Rushkoffilluminates both how we’ve become disconnected from our world and how we can reconnect to our towns, to the value we can create, and, mostly, to one another. As the speculative economy collapses under its own weight, Life Inc shows us how to build a real and human-scaled society to take its place.

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  • Read this book if you want to understand how the current economic meltdown started 400 years ago, how so much of what you consider to be a natural evolution of daily life was carefully designed to profit a few, and how corporatism has so colonized every part of life that most of us don't even recognize how our lives and fortunes are channeled and manipulated by it. I love that Rushkoff isn't afraid to think big—very big. Howard Rheingold, author of Smart Mobs
  • Ever get the feeling that you're trapped on a hamster wheel of predatory "Corporatism"? An unwitting participant in a system that you didn't sign up for in the first place? What happens when the operating system of this corporate Moloch runs amok? Life Inc is a hopeful, timely call to arms to wrest control of our lives, our sanity and our children's futures back from the corporate agenda. Douglas Rushkoff's best book yet. Richard Metzger, author and TV host
  • Hand wringing over the state of the global economy? Think again. Douglas Rushkoff explains why this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to remember what matters, and to rethink our economic system so it reinforces our human values. A profound and important call to action. Tim O'Reilly, Founder & CEO of O'Reilly Media
  • This is a provocative and controversial look at the dark side of corporatist effects on our economy. Douglas Rushkoff explores the various ways, some you may never have considered, that innovation and commerce can be stunted by corporations. Whether or not you agree, you will find this book challenges some of our basic assumptions about how our economy works. Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein: His Life and Universe
  • There are few more important subjects in the West today than the corporatization of public and personal space and few writers as well-suited to the subject as the always insightful and provocative Doug Rushkoff.  A terrific contribution to an urgent debate. Naomi Wolf, author of Give Me Liberty

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Psuke | 2/18/2014

    " I loved the beginning of this book (particularly the intro story that explains the inspiration, as it were) and I loved the final chapters. The rest of the book was (to my mind) too much explaining of how fiat currency and corporate culture have ruined our lives. Fiat currency and corporate culture have a lot to answer for, but they weren't unmitigated evils and they didn't operate in a vacuum. I would have preferred that he spend more time on the excellent material at the end, dealing with obstacles and opportunities for the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by AJ | 1/31/2014

    " I love how this book really tied everything together, and how it managed to remain optimistic instead of dismal like most books of these sorts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elroy Jetson | 1/29/2014

    " This book simplifies and opens your eyes to the flaws inherent in corporatism. The author does a fantastic job of taking complex and very detailed economic information and translates it in such a way that it becomes clear that, not only should we have expected the current financial collapse, but it was fundamentally inevitable in a centralized economic system. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Matthew | 1/15/2014

    " This is a book everyone needs to read. It articulates ideas that I've been forming about corporations over the last couple of years. It's pro-capitalism while being anti-corporatism and points out the biases of a central currency vs. a local one. A fantastic, easy-to-read and mind-opening book! "

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