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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Virtualbookworm Publishing (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589390423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589390423
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,464,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Who is Zubaty you might ask? Good question. Zubaty followed the American dream: house, kids, business, and he even helped his wife through school. When she graduated, she filed for divorce and got half his stuff and probably most of his dignity. So what does he do? Cut a hole in a trunk of a car and shoot people at gas stations? No. He does what all of us wish we could do under the circumstances and got the heck away from the confused culture we are marinated in every waking hour. He spends his days traveling from country to country, island to island, with not much more than he can carry on his back.
By now you're thinking he's a nut, that he can't cope. Major publishers will not touch his work. He is refused any publicity by the major media conglomerates. So Zubaty is considered not "Disney worthy" and people have attempted to elbow him from the status of, well, being known.
Rich says it best on the book:
"You can't judge a book by lookin' at the cover...
And you sure can't trust reviewers you don't even know!
So flip open to any page and read any sentence.
Yes, NOW!"
Quite a bold statement when most authors just want a flashy cover. So I took his challenge. He's right. You can start on any page, any paragraph, and just read and read. I would classify Zubaty as a social Galileo of our times- he knows the score but people refuse to listen. They refuse to listen because he tells the truth in its dirty, raw, and sobering form. It's too much reality for those who haven't been tested in life.
I spend my days making good money designing tools and parts on the computer. Zubaty calls me a "manhole", a man who spends his days in front of the computer all day, worried about money and toys. And the nut was right.
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Rich Zubaty's books will open your eyes to new ways of thinking about relationships, work, and the social issues that affect our lives. On virtually every page you find a new idea, or an old truth that has been long forgotten. I have studied social science and critical thinking for over 20 years, and I still find challenging and inspiring ideas every time I pick up one of Zubaty's books.
In "The Corporate Cult" he examines the rise of the corporation, and the destructive influence it has had on our social welfare. Since the great boom of the 90's, it has been common to hear expressions of faith in the corporate system, such as the "triumph of capitalism" or the "global village". People espouse "freedom" and "democracy" as the highest individual and collective values of the society. But how can we be free participants in a true democracy when a few mega-corporations control nearly the entire economy and dictate the way most of us spend our working days? There is no "freedom" for a corporate employee. And there is often no democratic choice for a community that would rather not have a corporate behemoth, such as Walmart, move in and destroy the traditional economic community. Zubaty asserts that faith in the corporation, and empty concepts of freedom, is a form of cultic behavior. Just as cult members unquestioningly obey and support dubious gurus, the subjects of corporate regimes willingly submit to corporate masters and recite the empty slogans picked up in school. People praise corporations, and marvel at the supremacy of the "American way of life", even as our social lives become more isolating and impoverished.
Zubaty examines the rise of the corporation and how it came to be defined as a legal "person" with all the rights and privileges of a human being.
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"...it's a work of shining brilliance, fairly crying out to be read.
I found the book upsetting at times, but this is the nature of Zubaty's
messages. You have to love a guy capable of such pithy statements as, "You
need a woman who puts God first, you second, her kids third, and her job
fourth." Or: "We send diplomats to Japan and Israel. We should be sending
diplomats to General Electric and Archer Daniels Midland to find out what
the hell they're doing on our soil and if we like it or not." Or a guy
capable of some pointed juxtapositions: "Corporations spend $138 billion per
year on advertising -- more than the total salaries we pay for all of our
public elementary and secondary schoolteachers and administrators. One and a
half times what we spend on institutions of higher learning." We are
reminded (or learn for the first time) that, even excluding the chronically
unemployed, one in four men is out of work. Between 1972 and 1994, real
wages fell 19%, the longest slide in our nation's history. "If someone robs
a bank and accidentally shoots someone are we content if the guy gives back
part of the money? That's what corporations get away with every day."
The bottom line is, you'll be glad you read this book. -- Steven Svoboda
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This book is incredible. The corporate cult is so thick these days, I don't think people can see their way out of it. Most are not even aware they are in it. Excellent read. Something has been bothering me for years about the Corporate Culture..."just something ain't right". I have no intention of ever going back to that mess.
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