Briarbrook author Dr. Bob Abell said his books are offering the public a bigger picture on the lack of ethics in many major corporations, the domination of the marketplace by a select few businesses and what that means for future generations.
The self-published two-time author will be hosting a reading on Feb. 21 at the Sippy Cup Café, 1104 Klondike Rd. starting at 7 p.m.
“You’ve got this total breakdown in business ethics,” he said. “In order to talk about solutions, people need to know what’s going on.”
Salvaging Capitalism Saving Democracy is non-fiction and focuses on various corporations, political games and the disappearing middle-class families.
“Thirty-nine per cent of middle class wealth has disappeared,” said Abell. “It’s reached the point now where it’s impacting everybody.”
He discusses how a fire protection and security company has bought approximately 100 companies over a number of years.
“They now totally dominate the market,” said Abell, adding corporate growth is widely unrestrained.
Although the book deals with many U.S. companies, what happens there resonates here, he said, adding he writes about a number of Canadian companies in the book as well. He said the issues aren’t being discussed in the mainstream media, which is one of the reasons for writing his books.
“The information being presented just didn’t ring true,” he said. “The little bits and pieces you get in the media don’t provide the whole story.”
Abell’s second book, The Corporation, is a work of fiction based on a passage in Salvaging Capitalism Saving Democracy.
Democracy has collapsed and most countries are controlled by a Corporation and families known as the Entitled. After being forced to eat genetically modified foods, citizens in the apocalyptic novel must take a pill every few hours in order to live.
“It’s a consequence of our lack of attention,” said Abell, who will read from The Corporation at Sippy Cup Café. “The reading is an opportunity for them to assess the passion and validity of the material.”
Abell has a doctorate in science education and a keen interest in the history of science, ethical science, health, business, politics and government.