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cprise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-04-04 12:05 PM
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New documentary evaluates psychology of the corporation

Corporations Need Treatment, Documentary Argues


by Stephen Leahy


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While the corporation has the rights and responsibilities of a legal person, its owners and shareholders are not liable for its actions. Moreover, the film explains, a corporation's directors are legally required to do what is best for the company, regardless of the harm created.

What kind of person would a corporation be? A clinical psychopath, answers the documentary, which is now playing in four Canadian theatres.

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The corporation, the film points out, ignores any social and legal standards to get its way, and does not suffer from guilt while mimicking the human qualities of empathy, caring and altruism.

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http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/0120-03.htm



"The Corporation"
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German-Lefty Donating Member (568 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-04 05:17 AM
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1. The BBC ran this cool series a while back, or corporate fads/stupidity
It was really comical. Sorry I couldn't find a link to it. It was called something like "trouble at the top".
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Kenneth ken Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-06-04 03:34 AM
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2. I read your headline
and thought, hmmph, psychopathology woul dbe a better term than psychology.

Gosh, I was right! Thanks for validating my observations of corporate "life."
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vincenzo Donating Member (39 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-04 09:01 PM
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3. General Discussion Thread on "Corporation as Psychopath"
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vincenzo Donating Member (39 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-08-04 09:14 PM
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4. Ken Lay and Carly Fiorina are Repuke "Snakes in Suits"
Unfortunately corporations that are allowed to act psychopathically actually select for psychopathic officers.

The sited article above quotes Prof. Robert Hare. For those interested, his website is:

http://www.hare.org

His most well known work is "Without Conscience".

He and Michael Babin are working on a book entitled "Snakes in Suits."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/3395443.stm

Which I believe describes many executives and much of Wall Street.
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vincenzo Donating Member (39 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-04 09:35 PM
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5. Bump and a site
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cprise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-04 12:49 AM
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6. InTheseTimes is a great site
Here is the RottenTomatoes page for The Corporation (lots of good reviews starting to appear there!)

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/TheCorporation-10003604/

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