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BIG BODY BOOK WORK
- Learning to Diagnose Corporate Maladies
in Your Body Politic and the World at Large.


SAP Advisory: This list is dated and hardly exhaustive, but it does hint at the breadth of the Big Body offensive and how boxed in humanity has become. Although few writers here yet discern the organic/evolutionary dimensions of the Big picture, they are all furiously contributing invaluable recon for our immune actions to come. The upper index links to brief descriptions of most books, which link in turn to Amazon.com if you're intrigued. You will doubtless note (hopefully with slight suspicion) that many of the most important works remain curiously "out of print." We are now (here!) soliciting aid - manual or monetary - to get at least some of this work up on the Net. In the meantime, the short blurbs/comments below offer a general idea of what's afoot in the land. We will be updating this soon so please recommend enlightening additions.

BIG BODY PATHOLOGIES
- Diverse Symptoms of Our Common Plague

SHORT INTRODUCTION

BIG BODY PHYSIOLOGY
- Techniques & Trials of Terminal Incorporation

SHORT INTRODUCTIONS

BEYOND BIG BODIES
- New Paradigms & Sources of Courage

Informed by an abiding suspicion as to the ability of free markets to match supply and demand with any consistency, the author first focuses on mutinationals, essentially stateless enterprises that, he warns, are gaining awesome economic power without thoughtful, let alone effectual, oversight. The author next casts a cold eye on institutional investors whose collective trading judgments have on occasion brought the GlobalVillage's largest companies to book and frequently left sovereign governments something less than masters of their own financial houses.

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Review
"Beginning in the 1960s, social, economic, and political observers have expressed concern over the role of multinational corporations. As the global economy has evolved, it is the transnational corporation that provokes apprehension. In The New Realities (1989), Peter Drucker issued the early warning that the advent of the transnational company heralded a structural change in the world economy. Now Korten sounds loud the alarm. He blames the corporate quest for short-term financial gain for creating a 'market tyranny that is extending its reach across the planet like a cancer, colonizing ever more of the planet's living spaces, destroying livelihoods, displacing people, rendering democratic institutions impotent, and feeding on life.' The solution, he argues, is to 're-create societies that nurture cultural and biological diversity [and get] corporations out of politics...' Korten's critique and his solutions are bold and unequivocal." - David Rouse t© 1995

This is a 'must-read' book - a searing indictment of an unjust international economic order, not by a wild-eyed idealistic left-winger, but by a sober scion of the establishment with impeccable credentials. It left me devastated but also very hopeful. Something can be done to create a more just economic order. - Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu

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Reader Comment
Analysis based on facts that are difficult to dispute This was an excellent and thought provoking book. They challenge the assumption that big is better by showing fact after fact after fact that proves otherwise. The best part of the book is that, unlike most management, business, and economic texts, it isn't just theoretical philosophizing with no basis in reality. Every chapter is laden with dozens of references to real world events and published facts. If only the Bigness apologists had so much evidence it would be easier to take them seriously.... Chicago, Illinois

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Reviews
"In his bestselling 1995 call to arms, When Corporations Rule the World, David C. Korten first attempted to raise public consciousness about the potentially disastrous consequences of economic globalization and the expansion of corporate power. Now, in his provocative new work, The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism, he goes further by defining these dual ills as a collective cancer that will ultimately destroy the larger society upon which they actually depend for survival.

"Containment of this cancer, Korten suggests, is a wholly inadequate remedy. Rather, a "curative regime"--consisting of measures aimed at "virtually eliminating the institution of the limited liability for-profit public corporation as we know it"--is necessary to save us from an otherwise inevitable fate. The book opens with Korten's downbeat view of capitalism infecting "democracy, markets and life itself." Its following three sections are much more optimistic, however, as he focuses on ways both individuals and the community can reorganize their institutional and policy choices to "eliminate the economic pathology that plagues us and create truly democratic, market-based, life-centered societies." Only by intentionally building this radical new post-corporate world, he boldly proposes, will a sustainable community be created that truly meets our future needs." --Howard Rothman

"In the '80s, capitalism defeated communism. Now it has defeated democracy, we are informed by Korten (When Corporations Rule the World, 1995). Capitalism is inimical to life, he declares, and he thinks, naturally enough, that life is better. The author, a former Harvard Business School teacher, depicts the doleful condition on our sad little planet. He objects to the wayward thinking of proponents of what he calls a ``dead universe'' governed by inhumanly impersonal corporations. Midas was wrong. Life and money do not mix. Humanity, as a functioning organism, can make a better choice. It can reject the power of international business, bent on amassing hegemony and cash at any cost. Corporations, to put it baldly, are soul destroying and inherently evil. They are merging and metastasizing worldwide. The unfortunate current primacy of cash returns to shareholders bodes ill. Corporations destroy natural assets and human institutions and exploit workersthis is the authors angry preachment.... Reject NAFTA, the WTO, and the IMF as ultimately destructive forces. Corporations should not, as is presently the case, be accorded the status of personhood or be recipients of governmental largess." -- ©1999, Kirkus Associates.

Book Description
In this book, David Korten makes a compelling and well-documented case that capitalism's claims to being the engine of wealth creation, the champion of democracy, and the embodiment of the market economy are unfounded. Among Korten's conclusions: Capitalism is a pathology that afflicts democracies and market economies in the absence of vigilant public oversight. The consolidation of economic power under a handful of global mega-corporations is a victory for central planning - not the market economy. The alternative to the new global capitalism is a planetary system of democratically governed market economies that honor basic market principles of the sort actually advocated by Adam Smith.

Reader Comment
"Korten's hope is that biology's recent findings about healthy ecosystems might clarify our visions of a healthy economy and its present corporate "disease." How else to describe a predatory pseudo-lifeform which starves natural innovation and resistance (as by monopolizing markets and buying politicians), extracts life materials from its host (such as clean water, expertise, and time) for strictly monetary ends, while externalizing its wastes and costs (the "downsized," the permanent underclass, dead land, pollution) to the public?

"Korten fills out the book with stories of people who are trying to promote "life values" in the economy, and suggestions for more coherent and coordinated personal action. He traces the history of "corporate rights" in America and the legal fiction that corporations are "persons" under the law; and he illustrates a few images of how a post-corporate market economy might work..." - New York, NY

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Blurb/Reviews
"The corporation, by its nature, is as blind as it is powerful. Spiritually blind, morally blind. As a collective entity, it is worse than any of the individuals who make it up. The intensity and importance of The Corporate Planet comes from the passion and the skill with which it opens us to a vision of how dangerous to the future of our globe is global capitalism itself." - Norman Mailer

"From the Fortune 500's hijacking of governmental conferences to Mitsubishi's destruction of Southeast Asia's once pristine rain forests, The Corporate Planet is a devastating critique of the corporate pillage of the earth." - John Cavanagh, Director, Institute for Policy Studies

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Synopsis
The 43 essays in this collection comprise a point-by-point analysis of globalization and its consequences. Among the highlights: William Greider examines how General Electric works to shape (with the goal of controlling) the political arena; Ralph Nader and Lori Wallach attack NAFTA and GATT for undermining the sovereign authority of democratic governments; and Wendell Berry looks at the concerted efforts of big business to destroy local, particularly rural, communities in order to plunder the environment without opposition. Several authors, including Satish Kumar, Jeanette Armstrong, and Kirkpatrick Sale, outline alternatives to the global economy based on "bioregional" principles of local self-sufficiency.

Book Description
A great political debate is emerging over the many unexpected and profound consequences of the rush toward the global economy and its effects on jobs, human rights, cultural diversity, democracy, and the natural world. The world's political and corporate leaders are restructuring the planet's economic and political arrangements in ways that directly affect humans and the environment more than anything since the Industrial Revolution. New, giant globalizing institutions such as the World Trade Organization, GATT, and the World Bank, created with scant public debate or scrutiny, have moved real power away from citizen democracies and nation states to global corporate bureaucracies, with grave results.

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SAP Comment
New dimensions in the corporately discouraging word. If further ignored, this tightly researched multi-voiced cry of alarm lays the groundwork for the biggest, saddest "I told you so!" of the millennium. Don't let it happen... And while you thinking what the hell to do about it, you might start dunning Sri Ralph and Mark Green at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ">Essential.Org to either get the following two classics back into print pronto or at least upload them onto the Net. The books are Corporate Power in America by Mark Green and Ralph Nader and The Big Business Reader : On Corporate Americaby Mark Green (Editor). They are truly potent references for the coming Great Work and should be made accessible to our immune forces Now!

  • Manufacturing Consent : The Political Economy
    of the Mass Media
    by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky SAP Comment
    How can anyone thank the world enough for Noam Chomsky? His decades of passionate research and relentless itinerant advocacy have awakened hundreds of thousands of us to Big Body assaults upon our consciousness, democratic sovereignty, and Third World brethren. While Manufacturing Consent is a radically important work, it is only a small element in the revolutionary Chomsky Opus. Stand on his shoulders and view the world again. It will never look the same.

    Reviews
    "An absolutely brilliant analysis of the ways in which individuals and organizations of the media are influenced to shape the social agendas of knowledge and, therefore, belief. Contrary to the popular conception of members of the press as hard-bitten realists doggedly pursuing unpopular truths, Herman and Chomsky prove conclusively that the free-market economics model of media leads inevitably to normative and narrow reporting. Whether or not you've seen the eye-opening movie, buy this book, and you will be a far more knowledgeable person and much less prone to having your beliefs manipulated as easily as the press. " -- Amazon.com

    "[A] compelling indictment of the news media's role in covering up errors and deceptions in American foreign policy of the past quarter century."--Walter LaFeber, The New York Times Book Review

    Reader Comment
    "Should Be Standard Educational Text
    This magnificently researched academic study by Herman and Chomsky is a milestone and should be studied by the editorial staff of every newspaper in the western "democracies." It's a challenging read, given our collective assumptions about other people and other cultures and the "role" of the United States in world affairs. And it's especially tough to digest in the face of the media's ongoing campaign to propagate those very assumptions, false though they may be, to their audiences. Manufacturing Consent is well worth the time and energy." -- Raleigh, North Carolina

  • CORPORATE MEDIA AND THE THREAT TO DEMOCRACY
    (Open Media Pamphlet Series) by Robert W. McChesney Review
    "If we believe that an informed populace is an integral part of a successfully active democracy, writes Robert W. McChesney, then the commercial basis of U.S. media, in which a substantial number of media outlets are owned by a handful of corporations, is definite cause for concern. When corporations control the flow of information, he suggests, they will inevitably do so in a way that promotes their own interests over those of the citizenry. From an analysis of the corporate influence over the 1934 Communications Act to a discussion of how media convergence might kill off hope of the Internet bringing about a revolution, he debunks the myth of an objective, liberal media and emphasizes the belief that issues of media ownership should be treated as matters of public policy rather than strictly business." -- Amazon.com
  • THE MEDIA MONOPOLY by Ben Bagdikian Synopsis
    When the first edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 1983, critics called Ben Bagdikian's warnings about the chilling effects of corporate ownership and mass advertising on the nation's news "alarmist." Since then, the number of corporations controlling most of America's daily newspapers, magazines, radio, television, books, and movies has dropped from fifty to ten. This new edition explores the political implications of this stunning shift, the impact of the Internet and other new media, and the effects of corporate media control on the news and entertainment that Americans see and hear. "An eye-opening attack on the growing concentration of major media."Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune

    More Press Reviews
    "Media scholars and critics will welcome this revision of an insightful and provocative examination of increasing concentration in U.S. mass media and the effects of mass advertising, not only on media content, but also on the functioning of American democracy. Teachers of media and society will want to consider this as required reading, if they have not already done so." -- Journalism Quarterly

    "A groundbreaking work that charts a historical shift in the orientation of the majority of America's communications media--further away from the needs of the individual and closer to those of big business." -- Christian Science Monitor

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  • CORPORATIONS ARE GONNA GET YOUR MAMA:
    GLOBALIZATION AND THE DOWNSIZING OF THE AMERICAN DREAM

    by Kevin Danaher (Editor)

Synopsis
While Hollywood has replaced politics with silly diversions about alien invasions, many Americans face a tangible fear: the seemingly inexorable grip of corporate power over their lives. Wages have been dropping for twenty years. Income inequality that grew under Reagan and Bush has accelerated under Clinton. More and more people face an uncertain future as the "land of opportunity" becomes a cynical and empty phrase for millions of Americans. This hard-hitting anthology offers an incisive overview of how corporations, long plunderers of the Third World, are unleashing "market forces" like a pack of rabid dogs attacking the American way of life.

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Synposis
A scathing rebuttal to the "Newtification" of America, and hilarious proof of why Michael Moore is the unofficial champion of the largest political force in the nation--the 60 percent of voters who elect not to vote -- Downsize This! gets under the skin of the corporations, politicians, and media moralists who have made life miserable for millions of Americans.

Review
From If you don't know Michael Moore, you should. The creator of Roger and Me and TV Nation has built his career on giving the raspberry to corporate fat cats, and this book will add to his considerable reputation. He tackles everyone here--Democrats, Republicans, Germany, General Motors--and wrestles them to the ground. About the only one who doesn't get thoroughly dissed is O. J., whom Moore claims is far too rich to bother killing anyone. Among the book's stellar moments: the introduction of his "big welfare mamas" --that is, "tax-cheating, job-exporting, environment-destroying corporations that are already posting record profits" ; his letters to Norway and the Netherlands asking for foreign aid for America's poor; and his poignant support of those countless billions of abandoned sperm, mindlessly disposed of in a convenient Kleenex. Moore's wit is as dry as a martini and as outrageous as, well . . . a hugely profitable company laying off thousands of workers. This is a book that makes you think as hard as you laugh.
Ilene Cooper, American Library Association, Copyright© 1996,

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  • THERE'S NOTHING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD BUT YELLOW STRIPES AND DEAD ARMADILLOS
    by Jim Hightower

    Synopsis

    A radio commentator and former Texas commissioner of agriculture offers his no-holds-barred, populist views on American politics and culture, showing how the government, the media, and large corporations have foreclosed on the American dream... Hightower is mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore! He's also funny as hell, and in this book he focuses his sharp Texas wit, populist passion, and native smarts on America's political, economic, scientific, and media establishments. In There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road But Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos, Hightower shows not only what's wrong, but also how to fix it, offering specific solutions and calling for a new political movement of working families and the poor to "take America back from the bankers and bosses, the big shots and bastards."

    Blurbs
    "If you don't read another book about what's wrong with this country for the rest of your life, read this one. I think it's the best and most important book about out public life I've read in years." --Molly Ivins, author of Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She? "

    When do we get to vote for Jim Hightower for president? Will somebody please tell me? When do we get to vote for Jim Hightower for president?." --Michael Moore, author of Downsize This!

    "Listen to Jim Hightower. His is a two-fisted, rambunctious voice unafraid to speak truth to power, eloquently and clearly...He's one of the best." --Studs Terkel

    Reader Response
    Read about the unbridled power of big corporations. He has great examples that make you think about the power of corporations in America and the world. Does it really make any sense that the DOW goes up, after big corporations lay people off? If it does, then what does the DOW represent? Read about his suggestion for the Doug Jones Average which would really indicate how life is working for the average person. Nothing about the corporate world will seem benign after you finish this book. -- palo alto, california

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  • THE NEW INDUSTRIAL STATE
    by John Kenneth Galbraith (Out of print, but around...)

SAP Comment
Can't believe this is of all books is out of print! It's one of the greatest books ever written on the rise of Corporate Power and and the gangrenous death of Classical Economics' Invisible Hand. Although Galbraith unfortunately knows no biology, he describes the gross physiology of Big Bodies with great analytical clarity and explains why their pullulating fraternity (aka The Planning System) both dominates social reality and is beyond current human control. Read in tandem with any work on slime mold physiology (e.g., Lusions), you can begin to understand what we are up against and yet see a tantalizing bio-allegorical light at the end of the long corporate night.

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SAP Comment
This polished indictment of corporate crime, pathology and malfeasance was supposed to be the capstone of Galbraith's definitive trilogy on Corporate Culture and the Collapse of Classical/Neo-classical Economics. After the The Affluent Society, which diagnosed our fatal susceptibility to material addictions, and The New Industrial State, which dissected the awesome invisible power of the Pushers, Economics and the Public Purpose was to have offered the Cure. The first two-thirds of the book is an insightful treasure, documenting the great corporate bodies' baleful effects on families, women, sports, arts, media, human rights, you name it. Unfortunately, Dr. G flinched in the finale and could not bring himself to pronounce the only reasonable course of treatment: Eradicate the Bastards. When I asked him why (after the book itself had died a quick grisly death from its cowardly conclusion), he got extremely upset and bellowed, "I have NEVER been a hopeless romantic!" But you still can be! Find a copy, read the first 212 pages, and draw your own romantic conclusions...

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Reader Comment
A counter attack against the un-emotional, profit driven pseudo-science that staunch capitalists spout as if pure Capitalism and the so-called "free market" were the only option this world has... Some level of emotion is needed to help the people of the world achieve some level of economic and social equality. The rapidly growing gap between rich and poor is an obvious result of the type of socialism for the wealthy and capitalism for the poor that exists in this country, and this book does a good job of exemplifying the extreme consequences of this situation. Besides, Capitalism is just a eco-philosophical theory espoused as science. - San Diiego, California

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Synopsis
Global Spin reveals the sophisticated techniques being used around the world by powerful conservative forces to try to change the way the public and politicians think about the environment. Large corporations are using their influence to reshape public opinion, to weaken gains made by environmentalists, and to turn politicians against increased environmental regulation. Global Spin shows how, in a relentless assault on democracy and its institutions, the massive, covert power of large corporations has enabled corporate agendas to dominate the international debate about the state of the environment and the most effective means of solving environmental problems.

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SAP Comment
Meticulously analyzes the historic tradeoffs between state size, autonomy and peoples' power. Can be read as a powerful brief for decentralized rule, direct democracy and non-hierarchic administrative networks, i.e., the Swiss paradigm.

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SAP Comment
As you belatedly read through these greatly mysterious media non-events, count how many have Big Body causes, connections, collusion - either up front or deep backstage. When we stop being surprised, we may have learned something.

Review
"While members of the press and punditry were crawling all over each other to talk about Bill Clinton's sex life throughout 1998, other things were happening that you may not have heard about. Like the American government's repeated noncompliance with the UN's comprehensive test ban treaty on nuclear weapons. Or Nigerian soldiers being helicoptered to a Chevron facility by the company, shooting at a group of student demonstrators there, and killing two of them. Or that recently declassified documents suggest that--despite what we were told in the '50s--the fluoride in our water might not be so safe after all. Catch up on these and other stories the mainstream media never quite got around to reporting. Censored 1999 also has updates on coverage of the top underreported stories of 1998, a guide to online news resources, and several cartoons by Tom Tomorrow skewering the established media perspective." -- Ron Hogan

Synopsis
All the news that didn't make the news--from two decades of bird-dogging the media! Here are over 200 of the most censored and vital news stories that were largely neglected by the mass media when they were timely, and what has happened to them since. Jensen not only reports on the issues behind the news stories, but he follows the stories behind the stories, analyzing the ways in which corporate capitalism, "herd mentality", and laziness combine to influence and direct levels of media involvement.

Based on the work of Project Censored, the nation's longest running media research project, 20 Years of Censored News reveals, year by year, the news stories neglected by the mass media when they were timely and lets us know what has happened to them since. From 1976 to 1995, the book provides an overview of the most censored news stories and issues of the past two decades. Of the 200 stories presented, less than 25 percent ever received the attention they deserve in the press. A disturbing report card of the media's long-term performance, one which the media did not pass, 20 Years of Censored News is a fierce indictment of the national news media's failure to keep the public informed.

Reader Comment
"This is a scholarly, thoughtful dissertation encompassing not only issues of monopolization of the American press by huge multinational corporations, but many other issues ignored by mainstream media: environmentalism, nuclear power, government surveillance and other infringements on the civil rights of the world's citizens. This book is an essential collection of modern history so carefully hidden from the vast majority of Americans." - Portland, Maine

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Big Body Physiology

GENERAL PRINCIPLES
- Complementary Perspectives on Big Body Culture

Book Description
This encyclopedic volume presents and analyzes many diverse facts about cells, organs, organisms, groups, organizations, societies, and supranational systems, but it integrates all this knowledge into a single conceptual system. The book is a presentation of the state of current knowledge in all of the sciences relevant to these seven levels of living systems. It also provides a theoretical integration and a methodological approach to quantitative basic research, and how applied research and development can arise from this. The set of concepts presented by the author is powerful and draws attention to all facets of a given problem in a social system.

SAP Comment
A pioneering effort to show the commonalities of all living systems, and to develop a typology of their common functions and physiologies. Dr. Miller presided over a fractious team of 100 researchers in seven different fields, many of whom never got the hang of his interdisciplinary vision and stuck rather stubbornly to their narrow classical paradigms and perspectives. (Socilogists didn't know much about biology and thus were loathe to admit its relevence for understanding phenomena in their field. Ditto for biologists and psychology, physicians and political economy. ) The flow, therefore, is choppy and unpersuasive, and only unified by Miller's heroic post-project efforts to bind these belligerantly diverse fields together with a common new (and pretty clunky) vocabulary. This is the direction of the future, however, and this book deserves considerable veneration for starting the ball rolling.

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  • SOCIAL GROUPS OF MONKEYS, APES, AND MEN by M.R.A. Chance and Clifford Jolly and
    SOCIAL STRUCTURE OF ATTENTION by M.R.A. Chance and R. Larsen

    SAP Comment
    Incredible! Chance and Jolly (great pair up or what?), two of the most respected voices in modern anthropology write THE BREAKTHROUGH WORK on attention and its dominant role in creating, maintaining and overthrowing social structures, and instead of receiving a Nobel Prize their blessed book is ridiculed, attacked and remaindered. Think about it. More than any other single factor, our attention determines the content of our consciousness from moment to moment, and thus determines our experience, our memories, and finally our lives. Attention creatively nourishes the beings and tasks that receive it. Its channeling and command is the secret of all entertainment, leadership and organizational management. It is what advertisers spend billions of dollars each year to buy from publications, broadcast outlets and Internet sites. In short, it is humanity's most important social and existential resource and yet who in the world is studying it? Where it goes and how it is controlled should be a central issue in psychology, sociology and political science, yet when is the last time you saw a documentary, book or even article on it? Strange, no? Because there appears to be a widespread hunger for that kind of knowledge. The Celestine Prophecy proved that, if nothing else. But try to launch that discussion in academia today like Chance and Jolly did, and you risk professional destruction. Anyway, find and read their books or as a poor substitute read my riff on the phenomenon in the Ki Papers. To aid thy search, here are all the details I have at hand: The Social Structure of Attention, Chance M.R.A and Larsen. R (eds) (1976) John Wiley and Sons Ltd and Social Groups of Monkeys Apes and Men, Chance, M.R.A. and Jolly, C. (1970) London: Cape and Dutton 1970 ISBN 22461870-9 N.Y (USA) and Cirenchester (UK). End of rant. Good luck.

     

  • ESCAPE FROM FREEDOM by Erich H. Fromm

    SAP Comment
    Still THE BOOK on the authoritarian personality - that steady dangerous percentage among us driven by fear and weakness to sacifice their lives (and many others') to hierarchical power. Gratefully subordinate and reflexively obedient, this is the population that corporate education covets, trains and screens for. Clearly explains the mindset of the teeming "functionaries" in all the commercial/military/ecclesiastic Big Bodies of the world. Also works as a text for fundamentalism of any flavor. See Milgram's work on Obedience for the anaesthetic consequences of this conditioning.

     

  • THE GROUP MIND by William McDougall

    SAP Comment

    First great English language inquiry into our collective instincts and how quickly cultural conditioning can replace individual thought as the primary engine of behavior. Pretty racist in the old British style but still basically relevant and seminal.
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  • THE CROWD : A STUDY OF THE POPULAR MIND by Gustave Le Bon

    SAP Comment

    Fundamental insights into group psychology and our psychic susceptibility to collectivized exploitation. Greatly useful for corporate being breeders and those who would escape them.

     

  • MEIN KAMPFby Adolf Hitler

    SAP Comment

    Classic insights on breaking down individuals for corporate enslavement by one of the great Big Body-builders of all time.
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  • JAPANESE SOCIETY by Chie Nakane

    SAP Comment

    After 20 years, still the most intelligent book on Japanese social dynamics and the reasons why Japanese Big Bodies are still the most integrated, evolved, and scariest on the planet. Almost a workbook on how to build a thriving Big Body farm of your own.

     

  • LIFE OF THE BEE by Maurice Maeterlink

    SAP Comment
    This 1901 classic features great poetry and insight into the great sensual/existential sacrifices social beings will make for the security of terminal incorporation. Long out of print but now available free online. God bless the Book Project.
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  • OBEDIENCE TO AUTHORITY (Original) and
    OBEDIENCE TO AUTHORITY : AN EXPERIMENTAL VIEW
    (Updated) by Stanley Milgram

    SAP Comment
    Finally some psychology relevent to our planetary plight. Milgram's extraordinary and often replicated studies show that we as a species seem to be divided into relatively equal thirds with regard to empathy/obedience - 1/3 who will refuse to inflict pain on others despite official pressure to do so, 1/3 who will object/question/protest but ultimately obey if an "authority" insists, and 1/3 who will obey almost any "authority" reflexively and execute orders to harm others quite indifferently (including a few percent who really get into it). So, people, this is "us" and our raw material for building a brave new world. Big Body builders thus have a decided advantage - a vast readymade population of obedient candidates to choose from - easily incorporated "members" who will cheerfully pillage, impoverish, or pollute "other" peoples on command of authoritative corporate leaders.

    Our challenge as empathic "refuseniks" within a democratic society is the batlle for the hearts and minds of the conscientious but weak middle third. If we can strengthen their resolve (unbreak their balls, as it were), we have a clear majority that can legitimately command authority and thus legally/ethically/psychologically control the other morally anaesthetized third. Read the reader comments below, study the book, and meditate on what you can do to help. The Great Work begins here.

    Reader Responses
    "An intense, haunting, and enlightening illumination. Stanley Milgram's experiments in human response to authority in the 1970's offer as much insight today as when they were originally conducted. The experiments are best known as a series of tests performed through Yale University, where a subject was told to administer an increasingly high level of electrical shock to a victim attempting to learn a series of word relationships. The frightening results showed the majority of subjects, at the bequest of the authority involved, applied maximum voltage despite the begging and pleading of the victim to stop the test (the victim being an actor pretending to be shocked)... We still have a lot to learn from the evidence gathered by Milgram. His book presents scientific and psychological studies in lay terms that are accessible to anyone." -- Los Angeles, California

    "This is a book that could save the World. This book presents a mind-blowing revelation on every page, and yet you will recognize everything in it from your everyday life. That is what makes it so chilling. Milgram demonstrates in definitive experiments how typical people recruited from off the street can, using no more than a veneer of authority, easily be persuaded to commit torture and even murder on innocent victims. The book thereby essentially explains the psychological mechanics of the Nazi and other concentration camps, the Death Squads in El Salvador and across the World, and the many other forms of atrocity that have become so characteristic of the 20th Century, this "Century of barbed wire and watchtowers". Ever wonder how you can find air force pilots willing to drop the bombs to start a nuclear holocaust? Answer: It's the easiest thing in the World! A certain percentage of the population will have the proper psychological profile, and you just select them. If psychologists and social scientists really wanted to know what are the ruling principles of civilization and what are the sources of so many of its ills, they'd be running experiments like Milgram's year-round in labs across the planet. Instead, very little work of this kind has since been done. Why? Because it's considered "ethically questionable"! In a classic case of "kill the messenger", the very man who shows us concretely how torture has been so thoroughly integrated into the political structure and who exposes the blatant hypocracy of our rulers, is accused of abusing his subjects and of betraying their trust! In the back of the book Milgram, by the way, faces all ethical objections head-on and refutes them all convincingly. Buy this book if you want to find out what is "really going on", but you may be upset by what you find." -- East Bay, California

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    CORPORATE ANTHROCULTURE
    - Breeding Docile Men for Acquiescent Incorporation


    SAP Comment

    If I were paranoid - not that I AM of course, but IF I were, the fact that 90% of the most important books on Big Body building are out of print would be a cause of enormous alarm. But the work has been done, is still "out there" somewhere, and with a little help from you - either monetary or manual - could/should at least be summarized on the Net. Anyway, here are leads

  • A BRIEF HISTORY OF CASTRATION
    by Victor T. Cheney

    SAP Comment

    Fine companion volume to Chinese Eunuchsby Taisuke Mitamura which reminds us that castration was not practiced on men to limit fertility but as a behavioral modification to ensure unquestioning obedience. Testosterone was the problem and ambitious mothers would often hold their boys down while the authority-offending glands were excised. The results proved ideal for Big Body building and the Chinese finally made it a mandatory prerequisite for all bureaucratic employment. We are more evolved today of course, or at least more technically advanced. Today corporate types can keep the meat, because the Big T can now be held in check by fat, fear, stress and environmental hormones.
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  • THE ORGANIZATION MAN by William Hollingsworth Whyte

    SAP Comment

    The wise and learned classic that looked up Big Body skirts and scared the Sixties silly. The corporate bookshelves still bristle with counter-texts entitled "Beyond the O.M."/"After the O.M."/Goodby to the O.M." assuring you those bad, ball-busted days are all over and now we're all macho, rough tough, individualistic "team players" up here in the corporate hive. Who you gonna trust?

     

  • THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FEAR AND STRESS by Jeffrey Alan Gray

    SAP Comment

    Pretty dry and technical academic research, but it dramatically illustrates the direct correlation between fear/stress and impotence, timidity and "team spirit"
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  • THE CORPORATE EUNUCHby O. William. Battalia

    SAP Comment

    Ball-busting pressures on middle management

     

  • BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS OF FARM ANIMALS by M. Kiley-Worthington

    SAP Comment
    Fascinating sections on obesity-related impotence, stress retardation of psychosomatic development, and "psychological castration" caused by low social status. How are things around your water cooler?
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  • THE FEMINIZED MALE: CLASSROOMS, WHITE COLLARS,
    AND THE DECLINE OF MANLINESS
    by Patricia Cayo Sexton

    SAP Comment
    Dr. Sexton traces the fecklessness of the corporate crowd right back to their long years of unnatural imprisonment in chairs, at desks, under tube lights, deadlines and authoritarian oversight. Is that any way to raise a healthy animal, let alone an entire male? Her male reviewers (all veterans of that 16-year docile squat and a wee bit touchy) yipped at her viciously. Feminists were irked that she focused (sympathetically) on boys and ignored her in turn. A pox on both their houses. It's a good and important book. Exhume it.

     

  • THE MALE IN CRISIS by Karl Bednarik

    Book Description

    "Karl Bednarik states that the majority of men suffer from central disturbance in their masculine life in modern industrial society. He shows that prevailing conditions are introducing radical changes in masculine behavior and that the emasculation of contemporary man is due to the increasing overorganization of modern society."
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    BEYOND BIG BODIES

    - New Paradigms & Sources of Courage

    SAP Advisory:
    Since the Small/Beautiful/Sensual societies we create in the post-corporate world should directly reflect the democratic will of each of our families, communities and bioregions, there is little point in pushing one-size-fits-all paradigms. You don't need a doctor to tell you how to enjoy your health after the plague is past. As long as we keep the "pathological scale" problem in mind and simply refuse existence to vast hierarchic entities, a diversity of congenial new cultures is thinkable, desirable, probably inevitable. But we have learned a lot about ourselves as a species in the last few thousand years, and that history must be consulted when building our brave new worlds. Kirkpatrick Sale offers an invaluable review of that history in "Human Scale" and clearly outlines what has worked and what hasn't since the days of ancient Greece. His primary conclusion is predictable - Big Sucks (in every bloody sense), but the historical insights he offers into our unsung successes both amaze and encourage. Read this book! You will feel a lot better about both the past and the future.

    SAP Comment
    Jesuit paleontologist Teilhard de Chardin will eventually be known as the most brilliant prophet of the 20th century and this is his most important work. Written with great learning, grace and profound conviction, The Phenomenon of Man traces the great evolutionary work from the first stirrings of life through our species glorious/pathetic history and onward to quantum consumation in a "Spirit of the Earth." He calls this planetic convergance the "Noosphere," an all-encompassing psychic singularity that enhaloes the biosphere and offers each of us a transcendent foundation for individual liberation and becoming. In 1947 Chardin watched the laying of the first Atlantic telecommunications cable and virtually predicted the arising of not only the Internet but also the entire complexifying global neural matrix that would ultimately allow the planet to think its first collective thought. More marvelous still, this is laid out as a self-fulfilling prophecy that we can realistically accomplish in our own lifetimes. The next great stride in evolution is not to be awaited, but accomplished now with science, love and haste. To start generating that spirit now, see the Earth Hour.

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    Reviews

    "Back in 1968, designers Charles and Ray Eames made a 10-minute documentary film, titled Powers of Ten, showing what the universe looks like at different scales. Philip and Phylis Morrison were scientific advisors on the movie and their book translates the film onto paper.

    "Starting with a view of a billion light-years, the book (like the film) moves inward, with each page being at one-tenth the scale of the previous one. In 25 steps, you're looking at a picnic by the shores of Lake Michigan, then plunging into a human hand, down through the cells inside it, the DNA inside the cells, the atoms inside the DNA, and the subatomic particles inside the atom. By the time you've gone a total of 40 steps, you're in a world of quantum uncertainty." --Mary Ellen Curtin

    Reader Comments
    "This book must be in every home, every school and every college. It is enough to read this one book to have faith and admiration for science at the same time developing a deep respect for the Power behind the universe which most of us call God... One of the first ten books which will still be remembered at the 'end' of the twenty-first century as the legacy of the twentieth." - Palo Alto, CA

    Brilliant! "This is not only a beautiful book to look at, it is an intellectual treasure, sharing some of science's most profound discoveries with the reader. I can't reccomend this book enough. It turns the world into a dream." - Auckland, New Zealand

    SAP Comment
    Despite a rather distracting narration, the short movie this book describes is one of the most profoundly moving film works ever made. If you can somehow stretch your mind to encompass the literally awesome reality this film/book describes you will never feel the same about life again. From the cosmic or even galactic scale each of our lives is but a microscopic micro-second of energetic jitter, yet viewed from the perspective of our quantum or even atomic constituents, each of us is also an impossibly vast and stately universe of time and space. By ripsawing our minds between these two contradictary and equally true realities, the film exposes us to the singular magic of our green Middle Kingdom and the profound power our consciousness should wield in this realm. Although this is all just "simple" science that everybody "knows", when you try to actually/vividly envision it, the entire world begins to glow. Use it as a meditation if you ever lose heart in some Big Body battle. The power that it confers is positively invincible.

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  • THE DREAM OF THE EARTH
    by Thomas Berry

    Reviews
    " This volume quite possibly is one of the ten most important books of the twentieth century." - Dr. Donald B. Conroy, President, North American Conference on Religion and Ecology

    Synopsis
    The Dream of the Earth is a balanced, deeply felt declaration of planetary independence from the sociological, psychological and intellectual "conditioning" that threatens the death of nature. It shows readers how to move their traumatized planet toward health, and to avoid a catastrophic future.

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  • THE UNIVERSE IS A GREEN DRAGON : A COSMIC CREATION STORY
    by Brian Swimme

    Reader Comments

    " An invaluable teaching resource. There is probably no better way to introduce the non-scientist to the philosophical implications of the emerging 'quantum' worldview. As a mathematical cosmologist, Brian understands the details behind the amazing revelations of the 'new physics' and with unique talent weaves a wonderful tale of the complementary meaning we must see in these details. I have used this book as a primary text in courses I have taught in science and society and years later had students recall with great fondness the sense of awe, spirit and personal vision it awakened in them. This is not another work of the nice but limited science-and -religion-are-the-same school, but a truly deep and accessable presentation of the new scientific worldview that combines technical understanding with spiritual meaning. A true gem that educates and inspires hope!" - Collingwood, Canada

    "Awe-inspiring explanation of life, meaning, and existence. As a supplement to the thoughts of Lonergan, Ursula Franklin, Thomas Aquinas, and Plato, this book serves to put into poetic terms the dance of physics, biology, cognitive thought, creation, evolution, spirituality, psychology, love, life, death, meaning,and essentially everything else this universe holds. It was interesting to see this work done in the matter of the dialogues - it worked for the Greeks for teaching difficult topics. The book holds much more meaning if you have already studied concepts of life, such as those expressed by Lonergan. The reader is really forced to think in a completely different manner in order to understand Swimme's thoughts. You look at everything differently after reading this; you gain a new love of life and in the process become more human. I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in life and existence, no matter what your background knowledge is. Best thing out there!" - Vancouver, Canada

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