The Corporation 22:41 on Friday

The Corporation DVD cover
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The Corporation is a moving (shaking, even) documentary about ruling the world. Selected bits and quotes:

A corporation is legally treated as a person. It has the rights of a person, but limited liability. A corporation is a person without conscience.

A psychopath even — corporations routinely exhibit the symptoms of severe mental disorder:

  • Callous unconcern for the feelings of others
  • Incapacity to maintain enduring relationships
  • Reckless disregard for the safety of others
  • Deceitfulness: repeated lying and conning others for profit
  • Incapacity to experience guilt
  • Failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors

Yet a school boy who got a corporation to sponsor his university dues has this to say about corporations:

I have faith in the corporate world… because corporations will always be there. So why not have faith in it.

Two Fox news reporters who refuse to accept bullying from corporation and take part in hiding the truth learn that falsifying news is not against the California law. Viva la America.

In Bolivia rain was privatized. In effect, letting corporations own water, including rain water. When people took to the streets, the government sent the army to shoot and beat up citizens to defend the corporate rights.

A corporate spokesperson says: If companies don’t do what theyre supposed to do, the marketplace will punish them. And hence it’s best to keep the marketplace in dark about what the company is really doing.

Companies do not know about social responsibility. It’s not theirs to say what is socially responsible. Yet, when a company says “we are responsible, we have a green badge, we take part in socially and environmentally responsible activities” — we usually go “ok, fine, that’s great” without thinking that we’re allowing the social responsibility to be defined by the companies, in a way that best suits their interests. Of which there is only one: to make more money.

I write these notes because as Michael Moore said in the documentary, ultimately we will have to, as individuals, accept responsibility for our collective actions. And here I am, co-authoring a book to help businesses market to the New Internet Consumer (this specific word used here with intention). Hopefully in a honest and responsible manner, at least.

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