All Articles on David Korten

Nanjing Road in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by DuKai/Getty Images) Views
You Can’t Put Capitalism Over Sustainability—and Other Lessons From China
Humanity’s existential crisis can be resolved only when we the people stand united behind a vision of the world we truly want.
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“Humans might be the first species to knowingly choose self-extinction.” (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc) Views
Re-Inhabiting Planet Earth
What may be history’s ultimate moment of human arrogance: the belief in a sense of separateness from and superiority to nature so thorough that we have, with our monstrous intelligence, the ability and therefore the right to play Bad God and make the whole planet go poof
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A section of a 1933 mural by artist Diego Rivera, whose work often celebrated socialism, including labor, industry, and the use of technology for improving humanity’s condition. ( Photo: Detroit Institute of Arts) Views
Climate Change Is Too Serious for Political Labels
Opponents of the Green New Deal immediately resorted to last century’s socialist baiting. We’re past that.
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"A strong majority of Americans, irrespective of political alignment, consider democratic ideals and values important and believe we fall far short in living up to them." (Photo: Stephanie McCabe/Unsplash) Views
Confronting the Great American Myth
The founders of the United States have the society they wanted—one that keeps people like them in power.
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From Me to We. My New Year’s Resolution
In 2019, we must move beyond the myth of the lone individual to recognize our deep interdependence and responsibilities for one another and nature.
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"Global unity' sculpture shows hands supporting the Earth Views
Why I Have Hope in the Face of Human Extinction
Around the world, people are realizing the current path will lead only to disaster, and they’re beginning to ask the hard questions about what to do next.
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A global crisis of famine and mass starvation looms unless we can turn around the trajectory of our civilization. (Photo: Oxfam) Views
We Need an Ecological Civilization Before It’s Too Late
In the face of climate breakdown and ecological overshoot, alluring promises of “green growth” are no more than magical thinking. We need to restructure the fundamentals of our global cultural/economic system to cultivate an “ecological civilization”: one that prioritizes the health of living...
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U.S. Capitol Views
Who Represents Us When Our Political Parties Represent Only Corporations?
Our future depends on bridging the partisan divide that elevates corporate interests above our personal well-being.
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Three Questions to Lead Us Away from Self-Extinction
Transformation begins with clarity on the nature of the choice that confronts our species.
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“We have thoroughly tested the neoliberal theory that whatever profits a global corporation serves the common good. The result is that it doesn’t.”  (Photo: Illustration by Stuart Kinlough/Getty Images) Views
Tariffs Aren’t a Terrible Idea—If They’re About Well-Being of People Not Corporations
Tariffs on imports could be part of reorienting the global economy. Now is a good time to talk about it.
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