June 21, 2005 06:06 PM PST
I recently watched The Corporation, a Canadian documentary about the power of modern corporations. (I forego the IMDB link since they now require registration just to view the customer supplied
This movie is somewhat in the vein of Bowling for Columbine or Super Size Me, although it doesn't have the outlandish stunts that either of these movies have. The only time it falls into obvious left-wing propaganda is how the descriptions of the benefits of corporations are done through old black and white 50s footage, making them seem very "square" and antiquated. I realize it's not an unbiased documentary, but this type of thing seems uncalled for. If you want to see this type of not-so-subtle visual propaganda (which I find insulting) non-stop, watch Fahrenheit 9/11.
The authors structure the movie in a way that shows they're only scratching the surface of the problems caused by corporate capitalism. I enjoyed the movie and found many of the case studies interesting. It's one of those documentaries that kind of makes you want to get out and help people - so I recommend it.
The most significant point I found in common with my own views is: "How much is enough?". As the film points out - corporations are legal entities on par with people in terms of property ownership and indemnity. Corporations have aspirations for growth and increased wealth just like most people do. The problem is - they don't have any other goals. They don't feel bad, they don't feel morals, they don't care about things other than the bottom line.
I'll follow up this post with a few observations I have about corporations. But for now, here's a link to a bit torrent download of The Corporation
You're only downloading it because the copy at the library is checked out, or it's a "long wait" on your netflix queue, right?