The corporation by joel bakan with the first corporation being found in the fourteenth century, the rise of one of the world’s most dominant institutions began. Bakan offers a convincing argument that, because the corporation's singular objective is to maximize profit at all costs, it is inherently exploitative given that corporations enjoy legal classification as people, one might call their pursuit of profit-at-all-costs psychopathic.
(full disclosure -- our work -- the top 100 corporate criminals of the 1990s -- is featured in the movie) the book is titled: the corporation: the pathological pursuit of profit and power it is by joel bakan (free press, 2004) the movie is called: the corporation it is by mark achbar, jennifer abbott, and joel bakan.
Psychopaths have a habit of being pathological liars and are conning and manipulative they lack remorse or guilt and have a shallow affect this includes being callous and lacking in sympathy towards others. In his book the corporation: the pathological pursuit of profit and power, author, filmmaker and law professor joel bakan traced the corporation’s rise to dominance, right back to its origins centuries ago bakan illuminated how these juggernauts are required by law to elevate their own interests above those of others and pursue their goals with rampant self-interest, sometimes without regard for moral limits.
Jennifer abbott, the corporation’s co-director and editor, says simply “the corporation is a legal construct, a social construct we created it so we can recreate it” bakan adds, “corporations have no lives, no powers, and no capacities beyond what we, through our governments, give them.
Psychopath: multimodal metaphor, rhetoric and resistance (bakan 2012) the film contains interviews with a large number of critics who share similar views including noam chomsky, naomi klein, howard zinn, and vandana shiva, as well as hegemonic discourses such as that of the corporation which call corporate.
Bakan calls corporations ‘psychopathic creatures’ is this too harsh a judgment the corporation by joel bakan with the first corporation being found in the fourteenth century, the rise of one of the world’s most dominant institutions began.
As a psychopathic creature, the corporation can neither recognize nor act upon moral reasons to refrain from harming others chapter 3, the externalizing machines, p 60 the corporation, like the psychopathic personality it resembles, is programmed to exploit others for profit. Psychologist dr robert hare runs down a checklist of psychopathic traits and there is a close match the corporation is irresponsible because in an attempt to satisfy the corporate goal, everybody else is put at risk corporations try to manipulate everything, including public opinion. Why call centres can’t, i believe that joel bakan deploys the term ‘psychopathic’ correctly in his book, the corporation, and i hope i do, too i also hope i have not misrepresented anything of bakan’s in the book, bakan asserts, the corporation’s legally defined mandate is to pursue, relentlessly and without exception, its own. Corporation, deemed by the law to be a person, had a psychopathic personality, and that there was something quite bizarre, and dangerous, in such an institution wielding so much power’ (bakan 2012.
That callous approach means the corporation – already considered in law as a “person” – can be defined as a psychopath says joel bakan, a university of bc law professor and author of the corporation: the pathological pursuit of profit and power (viking canada, 2004, 228 pages, $3700. The inspiration for the film that won the 2004 sundance film festival audience award for best documentary, the corporation contends that the corporation is created by law to function much like a psychopathic personality, whose destructive behavior, if unchecked, leads to scandal and ruin.