David C. Korten sends the world a call to action in the informative and inspiring The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community, a book that challenges us to bring about fundamental changes to the way we live in order to save ourselves and our planet from the dangers the world and its collective peoples face today.
Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the Worldd and co-founder of the Positive Futures Network, argues that the increasingly destructive and oppressive nature of the global corporate economy threatens to turn society into an Empire with “fortune for the few and misery for the many.” He fills our heads with facts, figures and statistics about how the various factors coming to a head - climate change, a derailed economy, and the decline of oil production - all may serve to be our undoing unless we adopt a different position now, a position of looking at our planet as a global earth community in which we all participate to undo the unraveling now taking place.
Part manifesto for action, part resource guide for taking back one’s power, this book offers such scope and magnitude that it becomes impossible to argue against Korten’s passionate and articulate “prophecy” for the future. Full of history and background on the making of an empire and the opposite earth community that could save the planet, the book takes readers on a journey from what we have now and do not want, to what we could have and become, and reminds us always that we are an essential part of the paradigms we create and accept.
Activists will love this book, as will progressives and environmentalists dedicated to moving the world forward into a better place. Parents who care about their children’s futures must read this book. Those who support corporate dominance, empire, violence and inequality will hate this book, though, for it sheds light on dark places and empowers the reader to wake up, take action and change things.
The Great Turning is an important book for the times we live in, when many threats to our future well-being loom on the horizon, some of our own making. Whether or not we accept the call to action will, as the author stresses, determine whether the next Great Turning will be toward devastation and darkness, or toward the light and joy of an earth community that sustains us all.
I know what I would choose.