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The founder and editor of Business Ethics and a frequent contributor to NPR, Kelly here considers how corporations strive to make money for their shareholders regardless of the costs to society. The first of the book's two parts discusses the principles of economic aristocracy, showing how the corporation exists not for the employees or the community it supposedly serves but for the investor. Examples include the maxim that paying stockholders is more important than paying employees, the belief that the corporation is a property that can be owned and sold, and the fact that only stockholders can vote to determine the company's future. This power structure has resulted in layoffs, plant closings, and other forms of social discord. In the second part, she examines a thought-provoking course of action that would improve matters a new set of paradigms and laws that would result in economic democracy, insuring that corporations exist for the public good. Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, John Locke, and Adam Smith are some of the luminaries she cites to support her points of view. This well-documented and readable book is a good choice for business school libraries. Steven J. Mayover, Philadelphia
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"Brilliant. So simple. So direct. And so beautifully written. I think we have found our Thomas Paine for the new millennium." - David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World "A marvelous piece of work - clear, concise, and beautifully written. It raises all the right questions with insight and provocative observations." - Dee Hock, Founder and CEO Emeritus, Visa InternationalSee all Editorial Reviews
Poorly written, often repetitive, neither well thought out nor well argued. You can read drivel like this online for free, so save your money.Published 1 month ago by Donald K Schwanz
This book gives the reader the opportunity to evaluate capitalism as a force against citizens.!Published 4 months ago by Gerald
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demolishes all the arguments of capitalism and neoliberals!Published 14 months ago by patrick donovan
I ever expect American can think that way because almost of case they are simple, but from this book I change may image of American who are sharp,honest, and brave..........Published on July 29, 2013 by Y Joon Hann
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