"The Corporation"

Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, the corporation is today’s dominant institution. But history humbles dominant institutions. All have been crushed, belittled or absorbed into some new order. The corporation is unlikely to be the first to defy history. (From the Film's PR)

The political documentary, The Corporation opened this week at the E Street Cinema, showing today at 2pm, 5pm, and 8pm. Based on a book by Joel Bakan titled "The Corporation : The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power" the film examines the history and status of the modern corporation, hoping to "examine the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation’s increasing preeminence." This from a review posted on DC Indymedia:

"Overall, it is an adequate piece of work which will open some minds and it will provide a decent stepping stone to more histories of human progress, tyranny and activism for those with their mind already opened. Just keep in mind that there is more background information and context not shown relevant to many of the very valid and factual points in this film. Many of the experts presented facts -- real information about the history and behavior of corporations -- and have their own opinions and further evaluation that are presented more comprehensively in their own work, which does not as perfectly interlock as this film might suggest these different opinions and opinion holders do."
Maybe it's just me, but doesn't all of this sound terribly familiar? Perhaps Borders will be bundling the book with "Man in the Grey Flannel Suit," and "Organization Man," and throw in some C. Wright Mills to boot ...


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