Summary of Taking Back Our Lives In The Age of Corporate Dominance

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Taking Back Our Lives In The Age of Corporate Dominance book summary
Caught between the twin forces of corporate domination and pervasive competition, consumers are stressed, discontent, controlled by outside forces and numbed by violent entertainment. The good news is, you can still head for the lifeboats!


5 Overall

2 Applicability

8 Innovation

5 Style


In the pages of their new book, Ellen Schwartz and Suzanne Stoddard relate this quote from Paul Hawken’s, The Ecology of Commerce: "There is no polite way to say that business is destroying the world." While Hawken was talking specifically about the physical Earth, Schwartz and Stoddard are not so limited in their condemnation. Business is destroying the world and everything in it: democracy, living wages, healthcare, the nutritional value of food and even our sanity. We’ll put it simply: If you agree with that mindset, you’ll love this book. If you have any doubts that corporations constitute an evil empire, you won’t. Nevertheless, getAbstract recommends that dedicated professionals read this double-barreled critique of the corporate world, just to know how the other side sees you.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the middle class is shrinking as corporations grow
  • How corporate competitive drive destroys the environment
  • Why competition is not part of human nature


The Evil Empire
Today, corporations consume people’s lives. People are stressed by modern society’s relentless work demands and by their personal inability to find enough time for themselves, their families and friends, and their communities.

Yet, people have created plenty...
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About the Authors

Ellen Schwartz is executive director of Invest in Kids, which she founded in 1998 to provide scholarships and mentors to low income, at-risk youth. She is a recipient of the Thread of Hope Award and the Women of Achievement Community and Human Services Award. Suzanne Stoddard teaches English and citizenship at Contra Costa Community College and donates many hours to community service, mentoring young people and grant writing for Invest in Kids.

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