Responding to the issues raised in The Silent Takeover is not easy. But if your organization is focused on the hard task of sustainability in the 21st Century, this is a must read.

To get insight into the complex economic drivers that affect us all read The Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy. The author, Dr. Noreena Hertz, earned her MBA at Wharton and her Ph.D. at Cambridge. She is an expert on global issues, particularly the global economy.

The Silent Takeover points out that the world’s 100 largest economies include only 49 nation-states. Each of these nations is able to control the rules within their borders. The global corporations, another side of the economy, are able to use this to their advantage playing one nation against another. In the United States this often means out-sourcing labor and materials to other nations.

She reveals most nations are now democracies of some sort. Hertz asserts that in each of these the government is the handmaiden to the needs of global businesses. She discusses extreme poverty and extraordinary wealth in terms of the ballot-box and discusses how protest, most often by the consumer, is becoming more common than voting.

This book made me think of a civics class question, “What do we expect from a civilized democracy?” As corporations and not-for-profits take on a greater share of leveling the playing field for all, we question the role of government. The author offers many good ideas that will likely be needed over the next two generations, during which the human population is expected to increase by three billion or more.

Responding to the issues raised in The Silent Takeover is not easy. But if your organization is focused on the hard task of sustainability in the 21st Century, this is a must read.