Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Corporation's supramental possibilities

["THE CORPORATION explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Footage from pop culture, advertising, TV, news, and corporate propaganda, illuminates the corporation's grip on our lives. Taking its legal status as a "person" to its logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist's couch to ask "What kind of person is it?" Provoking, witty, sweepingly informative, The Corporation includes forty interviews with corporate insiders and critics - including Milton Friedman, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, and Michael Moore - plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change." I Am Watching The Corporation... from ~C4Chaos by ~C4Chaos]
["We think of corporations as immutable, but they were designed. It was a conscious design which worked as Adam Smith said: the principal architects of policy consolidate state power and use it for their interests. It was certainly not popular will. It’s basically court decisions and lawyers’ decisions, which created a form of private tyranny which is now more massive in many ways than even state tyranny was. These are major parts of modern twentieth century history..." ‘Education is Ignorance’ by Noam Chomsky (1995) (The full interview is here)
Chomsky lives in the USA, hence the main focus of his despair at the state of the world is directed at corporate capitalism – the list of their infamies are long and vile – but I think we need some perspective here. -- Chomsky Fuming About Distortions of Adam Smith's Legacy from Adam Smith's Lost Legacy by Gavin Kennedy]
[Ashoka has long recognized the importance of collaboration with other sectors, particularly business, whose models of competition and innovation provide critical lessons for citizen organizations. Our work in this area is helping close the historical gap between the business and civil society, creating important avenues for integration and synergy between both communities. Home » What We Do] 2:26 AM
Infamies notwithstanding, the corporation "person" does have supramental possibilities. [TNM]

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