The Corporation Documentary

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DO NOT watch this...
..Jesus Camp and An Inconvienient truth back to back for you will surely slit your wrists.

Also great: The Future of Food.

...and ya know, that Dixie Chicks documentary was also pretty damn good. - Zinga , posted 02/26/07
Essential Viewing
This doc is already a few years old but if you haven't seen it, do rent it or put it on your Netflix queue. A lot of worthwhile political documentaries have come out in the past five years, but this one gets to the heart of the matter, insofar as it is the corporate monolith that is behind just about all of the woes of the planet: corporations engineer the fraudulent elections, profit by illegal wars, promote global warming, slant and dominate our news and entertainment media, hold the determinant influence over all branches of government, and control and undermine so many aspects of out lives. In this film you will learn the history and legal underpinnings of how it came to be so... - Unsubscribed , posted 02/26/07
Fabulous - read the book with the same name by Joel Bakan
Also see Enron the Smartest Guys in the Room, if you feel like making your blood boil a bit more. - melissa , posted 12/21/06
i had to watch it in sections due to how angry it made me
would also recommend "An Inconvenient Truth" - Unsubscribed , posted 12/21/06
yep yep yep
If I coulda afforded it, my plan was to buy a case of these dvds and send them to every relative I have and every fool at the entrance to the mall this 'season of commerce'.
- chandRa LiLa , posted 12/21/06
I saw this in the theater, and was blown away by it then. If you liked 'The Coporation', be sure to see Aaron Russo's "America: Freedom to Fascism"

Watch it here: - Jacques , posted 11/29/06
Enlightening documentary
This film gave a very slick presentation, with lots of interesting footage from pop culture, and it's downloadable for free. It starts out with a simple concept, and describes how it evolved through time and apparently snowballed into the modern idea of a corporation. I did not know that a "corporation" basically has the same rights as a "person," but none of the accountability. When a psychiatrist was asked, "What kind of person is it?" The conclusion was very chilling indeed. It also includes tons of provokative interviews: Michael Moore, Naom Chomski, and some very revealing interviews with CEOs of large corporations. - Mavi , posted 11/29/06
Should be part of the curriculum at every high school economics class in America!
This was a superb documentary! It was skillfully directed & informative enough to be enthralling. This film should be part of the curriculum at every required high school economics class in America. ...That's if the country REALLY WANTS young people to understand that greed alone fuels corporate decisions forsaking effects on the biosphere, human rights and ultimately, the future of life on earth. - , posted 05/23/07
Should be required viewing!
This was THE best documentary I've seen in a while, and I love documentaries! I was still thinking about it and recommending it to people weeks later. I agree that some documentaries tend to be biased and slanted toward the film makers views and opinions. But this was pretty cut and dry, the facts are all there, and an opinion doesn't have to be presented, the facts are disturbing enough. I hope more people see this movie. It definitely reinforced my beliefs about fair trade, sustainable agriculture and technolgy, etc. Two big thumbs up! - Logan , posted 11/14/06
loved it
brilliant film. - chaos , posted 10/26/06
Verging on brilliant
What a mindblower! Well, done, filmed in corporate culture, with other characterization in contrast. A varied and thorough view of the worst of corporate reality, with compassionate critique of values and cliffhangers. Open-minded yet fierce, gentle and uncompromising. A must for everyone! Many thorns in the rose garden. Blessed Be, Elo Ma Devi - Elo Devi , posted 08/30/06
psychopath? check.
Anyone who hasn't seen this movie should go out and rent it immediately. - Intrinsic , posted 06/06/06
Walmart is the Best.
Definitely enlightening! I now understand why I've been reluctant to share my talents with the Corporate Monster. Viva la Revolution! I wonder what would happen if we all became incorporated...hmm. - , posted 01/21/06
See this Movie!
the dominate the machine one must be intimate with it... - , posted 01/14/06
Should be more films like this so that eventually those other than the converted will 'get it'! :D - Cas , posted 01/12/06
Recommended Viewing - Unsubscribed , posted 11/21/05
i was skeptical, BUT--
there's a difference between that-which-is-true, and the truth, and some documentary filmmakers portray the former with little regard for the latter (ahem, mr. moore). but the filmmakers of "the corporation" have clearly done their best to present both sides of the story. despite some very well-made points on the corporate end, the film ultimately leaves the viewer feeling aversive to the corporate mindset. thought-provocative and well worth your time! - Kate , posted 06/26/05
Yet another rave review
In many ways I wasn't to surprised about the individual problems that corporations have in this world, but this movie really added it up. The indifference that corporations have on people and the environment, transcends that of any individual. If anybody wants to know how I feel about corporations, see the dam movie. - Tedster , posted 05/11/05
Must see documentary
I love documentaries, especially political or historical films that give a new or insiders look into important topics. "The Corporation" is just such a film. It gives an overview of the history of the corporation, and what impact corporations have had on world history and human progress. A must see film for understanding the forces that shape not only the economy, but our daily lives and livlihood. - Unsubscribed , posted 12/15/04
An amazing multi factted film detailing the power of multinational corporations, including some great examples such as:

Monsanto's BCT hormone given to cows in the US to promote milk production, now known to be harmful to humans

Bechtel's attempt to privatise water supply in Columbia, a requirement from the World Bank if Bolivia were to receive the loan they wanted

see it! - Hagop , posted 11/28/04

by Charles Carreon

First question: How did corporations become the major beneficiaries of the Fourteenth Amendment, which was enacted to prevent recently-freed slaves from being deprived of life, liberty, and property?

Second question: Since corporations are designed by law as the profit-seeking extensions of their shareholders, who are insulated from personal liability for the wrongful conduct of the corporation; since corporations repeatedly break laws intended to protect human health and the public benefit, employing deception as routine practice; since corporations exhibit no remorse for their misdeeds and perpetrate wrong as a routine practice; would it not therefore be appropriate to diagnose corporate behavior as psychopathic?

The Corporation, a movie I just saw tonight, answers the first question and poses the second. It then proceeds to analyze the nature of corporate crimes against human beings, highlighting dramatic confrontations between oppressed people and corporate goons, giving equal time to the avuncular, bushy-browed Chief Executive of Shell Oil, and to a pedantic economic analyst who waxes eloquent on the joys of pollution credits and how well the world will be cared for when every square inch of it is privately owned.

The movie devotes a good share of time to the fight by the people of Cochabamba, Bolivia, to free themselves from an oppressive private water company that was imposed on them by the International Monetary Fund. This devil's bargain put Bechtel in the position of selling water to Bolivians, even criminalizing the act of gathering rainfall, and jacking the price of water up to a quarter of the income of these simple people, for whom life is hard enough without thirst and a lack of washing water to make it still more cruel. It also reprised footage of Michael Moore inviting Phil Knight to come visit his sweatshops in Indonesia, and covered the Kathy Lee/Wal Mart sweatshop flap, which apparently did not in any degree alter Wal Mart's purchasing policies, but did popularize the issue, leading to a big anti-sweatshop deal with The Gap.

The film also contrasts images of opulent soirees in the conference rooms of the Seattle WTO summit, while anarchists swirled around the building, attacking the barricades. It is hard to tell, in these scenes, who is more out of touch -- the trade boosters who shoehorn the world's economy into their projection of perfection, or the zealots who attack a corporate monolith that they do not comprehend.

While corporations will poison, beat, starve, and extort in the developing world, they use media manipulation to deaden public awareness and distort the truth in the "developed world." How far the media monopolists will go to kill the truth is made clear by the sad story of a couple of Fox reporters in Florida, Jane Akre and Steve Wilson, who tried to break the scandal that Monsanto is poisoning cows and people with bovine growth hormone ("Prolactin"). While they were highly touted as "investigative journalists," their story was the wrong story. Fox wouldn't run it, and they were jacked around, threatened with firing, jacked around more, fired, and even after they sued, they were deprived of their wrongful termination jury verdict by an appeals court that said there was nothing illegal about manufacturing a false news story to distort the truth in favor of the Monsanto-controlled-milk industry; therefore, there had been nothing illegal about firing them for refusing to engineer a false story. Why I never wanted to be a lawyer. I knew courts pull that kinda crap. Yeccccchhh. Makes ya wanna shower.

The film tries to balance criticism of the corps with an encouraging message that changes sometimes happen when people fight back against corporate abuse. We are each encouraged to plant an acorn of faith that we, the living, breathing creatures, can recover our freedom from the Hannibal Lecter-like corporate monsters that prey on humanity, using divide and conquer techniques to keep on devouring the earth and its children.

The most encouraging character is a kindly carpet magnate, who said he had an epiphany when he read "The Ecology of Commerce, A Declaration of Sustainability," by Paul Hawken. He realized that he was a plunderer, because he was taking wastefully from the planet's resources to create his product, and producing garbage. Since his epiphany, his company has become 30% more sustainable, or something like that, and he aims to reach what he calls "the peak of Mt. Sustainability" for his business by 2020.

One of my favorite stories is about a Roman tribune who was leading a troop of soldiers in the Middle East when he saw an old man planting fig trees he'd grown from cuttings. He called the old man to him and asked why he was performing this labor when he'd never be around to eat the figs. The old man replied that while that might be true, even if he weren't around, his children would be, and they would benefit. Years later, the tribune, grown older and more powerful, camped with his regiment in a grove of figs. Once again, he saw the old man laboring, and told his soldiers that he wanted a bag of figs from the old man, and to have him bring them to him personally. When the old man entered his presence, he directed the man to put the figs in a bowl, and ordered his treasurer to fill the empty bag with gold. So there were two wise men, and both of them made more fortunate thereby -- the tribune enriched in wisdom, and the old man in all manner of bounty. - bTd , posted 11/12/04
Will win award for best documentary...
After seeing this film, I immediately posted my review on tribe for others to see. I know of 20 people who were influenced by my post and attended a viewing. This movie will make a difference in the lives of anyone who sees it. I believe it will win the academy award for best documentary.

This documentary is an unbelievably informative, well balanced, professionally directed, empowering film about what "corporations" REALLY are.

Did you know that in poor, 3rd world countries, such god given resources as water and air have been, and continue to be privatized by corporations for profit? Did you know that our human genes are being patiented by corporations for privatization? With the next 20 years the building blocks of human life will be owned by only 10 or 20 companies!!! It's outrageous to see what has become of the world...the truth contained in this film can be harsh at times...but the message is a positive one.

I highly...HIGHLY recommend that everyone see this film and bring others with them.
- Unsubscribed , posted 08/14/04
everything makes sense now
why is so much going wrong in society - global warming, obesity, reductions in civil liberties, concentration of wealth, environmental degredatioin? "the corporation" shows how corporations are much to blame. this movie will totally inspire you to take some sort of action to reverse all these bad trends. - arachne , posted 07/13/04
See this movie!

This is an absolute must see for anyone who deals with corporations on any level.

ie. all of us! - robin , posted 07/12/04

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