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Bring THE CORPORATION to Kansas City, please!! Current rating: 0
14 Jun 2004
Expresses the author's great wish for the documentary film, THE CORPORATION, to run in Kansas City so at last her friends and family will understand what "corporate personhood" is all about.
Bring THE CORPORATION to Kansas City, please!!
by Mary Lindsay 6/14/2004

THE CORPORATION is my “dream come true!” Highly informative, yet thoroughly entertaining, this documentary is about the problems wrought by corporate dominance in America. Reviewers describe the film as “Brilliant! Hilarious and chilling!” --and as, “Ambitious...Epic...Riveting!” The film has won six international audience choice awards, including one at the Sundance Film Festival.

THE CORPORATION is my “dream come true” because I’ve tried everything I can think of to convince my friends and family that “corporate personhood” is real and is a threat to our environment, to our democracy, to our.... Okay, okay! I won’t go on. I’ve accepted that I can’t explain the oxymoronic legal fiction called “corporate personhood!” I know I’m unable to explain it, because even the people who love me start to roll their eyes and yawn when I talk about it.

All I will say is that corporations in the United States have all the legal rights and protections that people do and that fact causes problems for us “real persons.” And we, “real persons,” must convince our government that corporations have become too powerful and should not have the same rights and protections that we have. (You see how easy it is for me to get started again on this topic?!)

But now, there’s this movie! THE CORPORATION may do more to educate and excite folks in a couple of hours than I could in a couple of decades! The filmmakers develop the “corporate personhood” theme and use the sympton checklists of the DSM-IV (the diagnostic manual used by mental health professionals) to evaluate the “personality” of a corporation. The diagnosis isn’t surprising: the corporation is a Psychopath.

Think about it. Despite the fortunes poured into PR campaigns to convince us of their compassion and caring spirit, corporations have only one goal. The only goal of for-profit corporations is to make money.

I’m chomping at the bit to see THE CORPORATION. I’ve only read about it and seen a trailer at: www.THECORPORATION.com. The U.S. opening was in San Francisco on June 6th. The film is not yet scheduled to play in Kansas City. My fear, of course, is that the movie will never come to Kansas City and I’ll be left trying endlessly to explain “corporate personhood” -- to anyone who will still listen to me.
See also:
http://thecorporation.com

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Re: Bring THE CORPORATION to Kansas City, please!!
Current rating: 3
14 Jun 2004
This sounds very interesting. If you know something about the corporate personhood issue, you know what a major issue it is. If you are not familiar with it, its time you were. Check out the website, and lobby to get this film shown in KC!

Re: Bring THE CORPORATION to Kansas City, please!!
Current rating: 3
15 Jun 2004
A better understanding of the major role cooporations have on our lives, and especially how they effect the policies and decisions of our government can not but help us to be more informed participants in our "democracy."

Re: Bring THE CORPORATION to Kansas City, please!!
Current rating: 3
15 Jun 2004
So what can we do to make it happen?

Re: Bring THE CORPORATION to GERMANY, please!!
Current rating: 0
15 Jun 2004
i didn´t know about this movie before reading your article. sounds very interesting and hopefully will be playing over here as well. the fact that it has won an audience choice award at the sundance makes me believe that it definitely will be worth watching!

Re: Bring THE CORPORATION to Kansas City, please!!
Current rating: 3
15 Jun 2004
The only thing that will stop us from watching this movie now is if some Big Corporation "buys all its copies"!

Re: Bring THE CORPORATION to Kansas City, please!!
Current rating: 0
16 Jun 2004
There are many "good people" who want to do the "right thing" but are not informed on this issue. Yes, yes, yes to "Bring the Corporation to Kansas City, please" and movie theatres everywhere!!!

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