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The Selfish Organization: Technology and the Rise of Transnational Corporatism

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(The following is an excerpt from the book: "Organizational Culture for Successful Democracy")

 

   THE SELFISH ORGANIZATION:   TECHNOLOGY AND THE RISE OF TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATISM

 

  (Copyright, 2012)

 

By John G. Mentzos, Ph.D.

 

 

In the early twenty-first century, we are inundated with countless news broadcasts, articles, books, internet blogs, and documentaries suggesting that humanity is facing a crisis of biblical proportions. For example, genetic crops could potentially cross-pollinate with indigenous crops (Goldberg, 2001), raising the fear that widespread pollution of human food sources could result. Reports suggest that the gap between the wealthy and lower economic classes of the world continue to grow (St. Paul Pioneer Press, January 31, 2009). Some pundits suggest that a worldwide economic depression is on the horizon (Hanieh, n.d; CBS News, October 21, 2008; Chossudovsky, 2008). These circumstances could have dire social consequences as increased hunger and poverty leads the population toward despair, frustration, and mass uprisings.

 

In addition to these daunting issues, the United States is at war and facing the potential spread of new wars. Some suggest Russia and the United States could be heading for a new cold war (Burke, 2006) or worse World War III (Roberts, 2007).

 

As if the possibility of a nuclear holocaust was not enough, global warming could not only displace millions of people, it could also result in untold natural disasters, including an astounding loss of species (History Channel, Countdown to Armageddon, 2008; Environmental Graffiti, 2007).

 

How did we get here? Progressives such as Naomi Klein (2007) and John Perkins (2007) suggest that the common denominator for each of the threats described above is major industries run amok. According to these writers, the problem is that major corporations are the dominate organizations worldwide. Even popular conservatives such as Ron Paul suggest that the financial industry is central to many of the problems facing the United States (Paul, 2008; see America: Freedom to Fascism by Aaron Russo, 2005).

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John G. Mentzos earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Development from the Union Institute. For more than 25 years he has consulted with leaders in nonprofit management, government, foundations, business, education, human services and (more...)
 

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