The Corporation (2003) (must-see video)

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Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance. Since the late 18th century American legal decision that the business corporation organizational model is legally a person, it has become a dominant economic, political and social force around the globe. This film takes an in-depth psychological examination of the organization model through various case studies. What the study illustrates is that in its behaviour, this type of “person” typically acts like a dangerously destructive psychopath without conscience. Furthermore, we see the profound threat this psychopath has for our world and our future, but also how the people with courage, intelligence and determination can do to stop it.

You’d think that things like disasters, or the purity of childhood, or even milk, let alone water or air, would be sacred. But no. Corporations have no built-in limits on what, who, or how much they can exploit for profit. In the fifteenth century, the enclosure movement began to put fences around public grazing lands so that they might be privately owned and exploited. Today, every molecule on the planet is up for grabs. In a bid to own it all, corporations are patenting animals, plants, even your DNA. Around things too precious, vulnerable, sacred or important to the public interest, governments have, in the past, drawn protective boundaries against corporate exploitation. Today, governments are inviting corporations into domains from which they were previously barred.

JohnXavier1975 on May 27, 2012

The Corporation (2003)

THE CORPORATION explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Footage from pop culture, advertising, TV news, and corporate propaganda, illuminates the corporation’s grip on our lives. Taking its legal status as a “person” to its logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist’s couch to ask “What kind of person is it?” Provoking, witty, sweepingly informative, The Corporation includes forty interviews with corporate insiders and critics – including Milton Friedman, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, and Michael Moore – plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change.

Winner of 24 INTERNATIONAL AWARDS, 10 of them AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS including the AUDIENCE AWARD for DOCUMENTARY in WORLD CINEMA at the 2004 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL. The long-awaited DVD, available now in Australia and coming in March to North America, contains over 8 hours of additional footage.

The film is based on the book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan.

From the archives:

stimulator: Spring of Rage + The Take (2004) (Naomi Klein)

36 thoughts on “The Corporation (2003) (must-see video)

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  18. It’s a seminal piece.
    I think it should be posted alongside Naomi Klein’s ‘The Take’. Workers need to take back, and re-humanize production. Madison Avenue needs to be converted to live-work lofts for artists who don’t (won’t) sell through sotheby’s nor meat-packing district gallerists.

    • Thanks for the suggestion for “The Take”, I’ve added the link to the end of the post.

      And yes, artists need to take over their own production.

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  26. Lo,
    Unfortunately, people won’t spend the time to see what is happening before their eyes.
    The Corporate Image claiming to be an Individual, that’s fine, in prison are Individuals who have committed far less serious crimes.
    So when called to the court, the Corp.’s must be represented, yes Lawyer’s, and the corporate representative. Instead of paying with a write off fine, give that Corporate representative prison time, that fits the crime.
    If he wishes to incriminate other’s,
    put an end to future crudder’s.
    No amesty, We’ve seen what it deliver’s,
    no-one convicted, that gives me the shiver’s.

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