The Corporation: Reaction Paper

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One of the most important videos you will ever see is The Corporation, a documentary by Zeitgeist Video. The film includes interviews with people like Milton Friedman and Noam Chomsky and there are also interviews with many other CEOs, whistleblowers, business brokers and even a corporate spy. This video will open your eyes–even if you think your eyes are already open–to the evils that are being caused by corporations around the world.

From the film, it was stated that corporation means “business, company, or business community.” Every corporation has one purpose, and that is to provide value and profits to its shareholders while continuing to grow. In fact, as you'll see in The Corporation, that is by law the growth strategy that every corporation must follow. By law, corporations must put the profits of shareholders first and, in doing so, will necessarily export its problems to the public at large. In the video, these are called "externalities," and corporations are machines that will externalize the costs of their endeavors to society and to the planet.

One of the interesting things about this is that the same is true of really any organization. It doesn't have to be a corporation. Organizations created by the federal government–which is supposed to be created by the people–really have no purpose other than to survive and grow and accumulate more power. We see the same thing in various nonprofit organizations, as well. Many nonprofit disease organizations have no other purpose but to survive, grow, make more money and have more influence.

For example, children are manipulated into buying the product. It’s not wrong to make things for children. It’s just that they sell it directly to the children by airing commercials of children that are so happy having that particular toy or what not. Corporations do that because they need to thrive and survive. They need to grow and extend their influence. It's not that the people in...
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