“There are two parties, the establishment and the movement.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1850s)
A major concern held by many in the world today is the massive accumulation of economic and poltical power now enjoyed by a few huge, transnational corporations. A century ago, LDS Church leaders worried about “one of the great evils with which our own nation is menaced. . .” in that “the very liberties” we received “as a priceless legacy are endangered by the monstrous power which this accumulation of wealth gives to a few individuals and a few powerful corporations.”
That was in 1875. Today’s robber barrons and global company giants have more clout than ever. Some 51 of the largest economies on earth are multinational conglomerates, not countries. They operate from the logic of convicted arbitrager, Ivan Boesky, who declared at Stanford Business School graduation ceremonies that “Greed is good.” A few leaders from around the world who have a conscience worry about rhetoric such as “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Massive street protests against the World Bank, IMF, and Nike typify the growing outrage against big business, ecological destruction, Third World sweatshops, and genetically modified crops produced by firms such as General Mills.
“The growth of wealth in the hands of a few individuals threaten[s] us with greater danger today than anything that can be done by outsiders…. God does not design that there should be classes among us, one class lifted above another.” — George Q. Cannon, LDS Church First Presidency Counselor
Books on Globalization:
“Grameen Danone Foods: Transforming Capitalism to Maximize Social Benefits rather than Profits,” Western Casewriters Association (WCA), November 13, 2010 (with John Oirya).
“The Rise of the Social Sector: Job Creation & Civil Society,” Management & Civil Society Association Proceedings, Seoul, South Korea, October 13, 2010, 24 pp.
“Our Stewardship: BYU and the Third World,”Political Review, February 2010, pp. 1 & 4.
“Development from Below: Strengthening Rural Village Families Through Core Capacity-Building Methods,” Conference Proceedings. Millersville, PA: Association of Third World Studies, 12 pp., October 2008.
“What Would Jesus Buy?” The Collegiate Post, (Special Issue on Globalization), November 2005.
“Globalization: Corporate Manifest Destiny”. Presentation at the World Trade Association of Utah Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2004.
“What Would Jesus Wear”. Presentation at Brigham Young University’s Globalization Symposium, Provo, UT, November 2003.
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” —Frederick Douglas
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.