2004.01.29

The Corporation

Diagnosis: the institutional embodiment of laissez-faire capitalism fully meets the diagnostic criteria of a psychopath.There’s a new documentary out by director Mark Achbar, writer Joel Bakan, and director Jennifer Abbott called simply, The Corporation. This is from their synopsis page.

Considering the odd legal fiction that deems a corporation a “person” in the eyes of the law, the feature documentary employees a checklist, based on actual diagnostic criteria of the World Health Organization and DSM IV, the standard tool of psychiatrists and psychologists. What emerges is a disturbing diagnosis.

Self-interested, amoral, callous and deceitful, a corporation’s operational principles make it anti-social. It breaches social and legal standards to get its way even while it mimics the human qualities of empathy, caring and altruism. It suffers no guilt. Diagnosis: the institutional embodiment of laissez-faire capitalism fully meets the diagnostic criteria of a psychopath.

I wonder if a corporation, considered by law a “person”, can be dealt with as a “person” instead of a “corporation”; if they are truly psychopathic entities, can a (somehow legally defined) “relative” institutionalize them? Wouldn’t that be a grand day?

Definately a documentary I want to see.

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