The examines the modern-day corporation. Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Powerduring the filming of the documentary. The documentary shows the development of the contemporary business corporation, from a legal entity that originated as a government-chartered institution meant to affect specific public functions to the rise of the modern commercial institution entitled to most of the legal rights of a person.
The documentary concentrates mostly upon North American corporations, especially those in the United States. One theme is its assessment of corporations as persons, as a result of an case in the United States Supreme Court in which a statement by Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite [nb 1] led to corporations as "persons" having the same rights as human beings, based on the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Topics addressed include the Business Plotwhere inGeneral Smedley Butler exposed an alleged corporate plot against then U.
Roosevelt ; the tragedy of the commons ; Dwight D. Eisenhower 's warning people to beware of the rising military-industrial complex ; economic externalities ; suppression of an investigative news story about Bovine Growth Hormone on Fox affiliate television station WTVT in Tampa, Florida at the behest of Monsanto ; the
The corporation mark achbar online dating of the soft drink Fanta by The Coca-Cola Company due to the trade embargo on Nazi Germany ; the alleged role of IBM in the Nazi holocaust see IBM and the Holocaust ; the Cochabamba protests of brought on by the privatization of a municipal water supply in Bolivia ; and in general themes of corporate social responsibilitythe notion of limited liabilitythe corporation as a psychopath, and the corporate personhood debate.
Through vignettes and interviews, The Corporation examines and criticizes corporate business practices. Harea University of British Columbia psychology professor and a consultant to the FBI the profile of the contemporary profitable business corporation to that of a clinically diagnosed psychopath however, Hare has objected to the manner in which his views are portrayed in the film; see " Critical reception " below.
The Corporation attempts to compare the way corporations are systematically compelled to behave with what it claims are the DSM-IV ' s symptoms of psychopathye. Interviews also feature Dr.
Samuel Epsteinwho was involved in a lawsuit against Monsanto Company for promoting the use of PosilacMonsanto's trade name for recombinant Bovine Somatotropin to induce more milk production in dairy cattle and Chris Barrett who, as a spokesperson for First USAwas the first corporately sponsored college student in America.
The DVD version was released as a 2-disc set that includes following: Ina new Canadian educational version was released for high school students.
This "Occupy Your Future" version is exclusively distributed by Hello Cool World, who were behind the branding and grassroots outreach of the original film in four countries. This version is shorter and breaks the film into three parts. Film critics gave the film generally favorable reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, " The Corporation is a satisfyingly dense, thought-provoking rebuttal to some of capitalism's central arguments.
In Variety October 1,Dennis Harvey praised the film's "surprisingly cogent, entertaining, even rabble-rousing of perhaps the most influential institutional model for our era" and its avoidance of "a sense of excessively partisan rhetoric" by deploying a wide range of interviewees and "a bold organizational scheme that lets focus jump around in interconnective, humorous, hit-and-run fashion.
In the Chicago Sun-Times July 16,Roger Ebert described the film as "an impassioned polemic, filled with information sure to break up any dinner-table conversation," but felt that "at minutes, it overstays its welcome. The wise documentarian should treat film stock as a non-renewable commodity.
The Economist review, while calling the film "a surprisingly rational and coherent attack on capitalism's most important institution" and "a thought-provoking account of the firm", calls it incomplete. It suggests that the idea for an organization as a psychopathic entity originated with Max Weberin regards to government The corporation mark achbar online dating. The reviewer remarks that the film weighs heavily in favor of public ownership as a solution to the evils depicted, while failing to acknowledge the magnitude of evils committed by governments in the name of public ownershipsuch as those of the Communist Party in the former Soviet Union  or by monarchies and the Church.
An interview clip with psychiatrist Robert D.