For Your Weekend Viewing Pleasure: ‘The Corporation’ [full movie and review]_Featured_, Economy Saturday, August 11th, 2012
The Corporation [Full Movie and Review]
A complex, sobering documentary, THE CORPORATION takes its audience on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the corporation’s inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures.
The Corporation: Beyond the Problem
The Corporation is a sobering, captivating, and enlightening documentary film that explores the evolution and role of corporations in our society over the past century. It is not so much an indictment of capitalism as it is of corporatism — the merger of corporate and state power in a paradigm of corruption and unaccountability — and the perils this creates for a sustainable, healthy, and free society.
This film should be considered required viewing for all awakened individuals. Watch it. Share it. And most importantly, discuss it.
The Corporation does an excellent job of highlighting many of the problems within our current paradigm, but speaks little in the way of what can be done about them.
My view is that when learning about any problem in a society, the most constructive course of action is to then ask what can be done about it, and what sort of alternative structure would we prefer to create in its place.
Corporations are not inherently evil enterprises, as the film may at times too boldly suggest. The reality is a mixed bag, as corporations have also done a tremendous amount of good to advance society in positive directions. And for better or for worse, they are highly efficient at whatever they set their collective minds to do. The device you are reading this on is a testament to that fact. So when considering alternatives to our present corporatist power structure, we caution readers not to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Capitalist enterprise tends to become most destructive when the firewall between business and government is blurred, or as is presently the case, dissolved almost entirely. Some, such as many in the Occupy Wall Street movement, believe the solution is to more tightly regulate industry and remove the influence of the regulated over the regulators. Others, including the equally vocal Ron Paul supporters and their broader liberty movement, believe the solution is to remove government from the equation entirely and let a true free market regulate itself. Both views are valid and have genuine merits.
Where do you fall on this spectrum, and is your mind open enough to listen to and consider the other side? Is it possible that the solution lies in a synthesis of these two extremes?
These are the central questions we encourage viewers to mediate upon.
Feel free to weigh it at the comment section below. We’d love to hear your thoughts.