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The motion picture The Corporation explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time Illuminating the grip of corporations on our everyday lives using footage from TV news advertising and pop culture the filmmakers accomplished what many fail at - being both informative and entertaining at the same time Provocatively using the corporations legal status as a person to classify it as more than a person but a psychopath based on its human actions and characteristics According to American law of the mid 1800s the corporation became officially recognized as a person This person was generally imbued with a personality of reckless and obsessive self-interest Amassing unprecedented amounts of both wealth and costs corporations today are larger than the economies of some entire countries One of the largest costs associated with corporations is those deemed externalities the ones that nobody pays These are generally seen as third-party costs and are suffered by society but usually caused by the relentless profit-obsessed production of corporations Inherently amoral and deceitful the corporation does not know guilt breaching social and legal standards for its own short-term gain The root cause of immeasurable damage to its own workers human health animals the biosphere and the environment as a whole the corporation as the institutional embodiment of the invisible hand or perhaps more fittingly fist of capitalism fully and aptly meets the psychological diagnosis of a true human psychopath The filmmakers also raised the notion that perhaps the decision makers behind the corporations such as managers and shareholders are truly responsible fro actions taken in the name of the corporation The fact is that while they individual actors come together to form a corporation their sole purpose and motive becomes the pursuit of profit One person being interviewed some kind of commodities or gold trader recalled that on the day of September 11 2001 his first reaction to the World Trade Center towers tragedy was
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