August 2021 was a corporate film fest, thanks to the Oregon and Ohio Community Rights Networks.
ORCRN showed the original movie “The Corporation” and a week later, OHCRN showed “The New Corporation, The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel.” Both are riveting, chocked full of straight talking, deeply informative footage of some of the most progressive pundits along with players steeped in the corporate world.
Based on Joel Bakan’s bestseller The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, this 26-award-winning documentary explores a corporation’s inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. One hundred and fifty years ago, a corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic, and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, a corporation is today’s dominant institution. Charting the rise of such an institution aimed at achieving specific economic goals, the documentary also recounts victories against this apparently invincible force. Watch it on YouTube here (2.5 hours!!):
Taking its status as a legal “person” to the logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist’s couch to ask “What kind of person is it?” The Corporation includes interviews with 40 corporate insiders and critics – including Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Milton Friedman, Howard Zinn, Vandana Shiva and Michael Moore – plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change.
The “The New Corporation, The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel” continues with a good look at the corporate playbook, that has been successfully playing us to the brink of extinction. Check it out here.