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The Corporate Cult: More of What Men Know That Women Don't Paperback – September 1, 2001
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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