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The Corporation
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on November 4, 2016
Quite good! When I first heard about the premise of this film, "What kind of person would the corporation be." I thought it was a creative take on the idea. But it's not, the lawyers made this up exploiting the 14th Amendment which was used to protect emancipated slaves. So a corporation is actually a legal person, not a "fictional person," as in the creative sense. It's a darkly humorous take on the common business structure that so many of us are used to working for.
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on April 27, 2015
Under the law, the corporation is treated as a person under the 14th Amendment - crazy, but true. The system is developed around it. The approach of comparing the personality of the corporation to the World Health Organization characteristics for good mental health was outstanding. When narcicisstic (oops - sp) people run an organization, the organization essentially fails. Corporations have been running this Country for sometime without regard to what is realistic for the common man. We saw some of that failure in the early 2000's and many people are still trying to recover and may not in their lifetimes. Anyway, thought it was interesting.
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on September 28, 2013
The whole sad history of the Corporation and its sociopathic behavior in modern society. The phrase "banality of evil" leaps to mind constantly while watching this documentary.

The interview with Lucy Hughes, Vice President of Initiative Media, is truly disturbing. This woman proudly relates how the advertising industry studies how to encourage children to nag their parents more effectively to buy products. She also brags about manipulating consumers into "wanting" things and capturing children as young as possible so they will be lifelong consumers.
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on March 16, 2012
The first half of this movie was a fair and educational study on Corporations. It could have been a great documentary if it maintain the same path. However, it seemed to have strayed right into a Corporate style propaganda by re-directing blame at Fascism and Totalitarian style politics as being the root of the Corporate soul. The Left has always been blind to the real facts and they have always played into the hands of these "Corporations". The lesser learned viewer can easily be sold by their propaganda. However, the educated ones will understand that Corporations despises Totalitarian/Fascist governments because those governments are harder for Corporations to control. In a Democracy, you can lobby government policies, as long as you have money (usually somebody else's). Majority of a Democratic process has a price. We don't have to look too far as we can always take the land of the free as an example. Democracy and corruption goes hand in hand (see prime example, "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers"). Corporation runs Democratic countries because they can easily manouver its interests legally. By deflecting blame on the Nazis for everything in the next millennium or so, they will hope you'll stay vigilant at the one direction whilst they have their hand in your back pocket for them to rummage through whatever you have left for them to steal.
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on December 14, 2006
Documentary doesn't get better than this: an outstanding film. It's two hours of questions that every one of us in this society needs to ask of our government, our corporate institutions, our workplaces, and ourselves. Corporations and their media and advertising arms too easily sway us, too smoothly govern us. As the film points out, this is the result of billions of dollars of research, technology, and marketing. Make it your job to resist that attempt at an insidious psychological tyranny. The alternative is to mutely submit to living in a world where, as the film chillingly reports, a company like Bechtel can "own" the very rain that falls on a nation.

I was reminded in watching this film of something I've written about the measure of value in a society. Since many of us work for corporations, we can test the truths this film tells in our own way. Listen, for example, to how people speak when they're under the influence of the corporate machine. At my office, most of these folks are young, assertive, confident, and rapid in speech and manner. Many of them, to judge by their position, language, and demeanor, are most likely MBA's, or the equivalent. I have heard the word "value" a lot, in terms like "value proposition" and "value exchange." I wondered whether these folks had really thought about value--what it is, or that there may be more to value than goods, services, or profit derived therefrom.

But corporations cannot learn this, for in spite of what the law may say, they are not people (this is one of the principal themes of the film). But the real, individual people who work for the corporations and use their products and services, we can learn it and in turn teach it to the "corporate person". We can show them what a person truly is, and what it is that a person values.
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on May 29, 2007
The information in this DVD should be seen by everyone. I give the DVD 4 stars, however, because the direction and production could use some improvement. It's a bit slow.

Relate the corporate psyche to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) definition of a psychotic, and you have the beginning of this DVD. Evaluate for yourself how corporatons exhibit these traits: callous disregard for people's feelings, the incapacity to maintain human relationships, reckless disregard for the safety of others, deceitfulness, incapacity to experience guilt, and failure to conform to social norms and respect for the law.

Then watch example after example of these shortcomings. It's not all doom and gloom, though, as there are examples of how some people--in the immortal words of Rage Against the Machine--"Take the Power Back."
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on December 15, 2006
One need only look for the effect that Wal-Mart is having wherever it touches down; on small businesses, family businesses and the communities -- to realize that there is something very wrong going on. Big business is more important than the environment, national security, the basic family unit and any obligation to leave the world better for the next generation. The Corporation is effective in enabling better insight into the realities of corporations and the effects they are having across all elements in the world.
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This is a fascinating documentary that will make you very mad.

It tells the story of the Corporation in America and how they have survived and taken over.
Everyone should see this video at least once.
It is very well written and you will get a real education.
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on December 3, 2013
Every American should see this video. It is unbelievable how some people are trying to turn our Democracy into a Fascist State ! It's as if there is a secret WAR being waged against America, and the average American citizen specifically. Congress seems to have been corrupted beyond repair. And corporations are taking over in sociopathic fashion.
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on April 5, 2016
One of the best movies I have watched in a while. Highly recommend it to anyone who cares about the corruption at the corporate level.
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