17 years after the original Corporation, Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan return with a desperate attempt at hope.
It falls short.
Their original documentary The Corporation, was groundbreaking. It put the Corporation through a psychological test and concluded that they were actually psychopathic.
That their venal self interest and naked greed regardless of societal damage made them and all they touched corruptible.
Example after example highlighted Corporate malfeasance and immoral illegality on a scale and scope almost beyond imagination.
Their 17 year follow up is unfortunately more grim, not just in the new facts of how corporations have green washed and woke washed their psychopathic power grab but in the confusion both film makers clearly felt the response identity politics could achieve in addressing the economic questions.
In the new documentary we see Corporations camouflage their true profit motives, many contrary to their stated communal values, with woke social media and deceitful environmental promises.
We see their grand strategy of starving taxation revenue from the State while simultaneously privatizing social services for their benefit.
The solutions require a class response based on the 1% richest plus their 9% enablers vs the 90% rest of us, the problem is tribal identity politics has replaced class solidarity and that’s an issue the documentary clearly struggles with as it attempts to highlight solutions to Corporate power and their climate apocalypse creating rampant free market capitalism.
In 2010, the 388 richest individuals owned more wealth than half of the entire human population on Earth
By 2015, this number was reduced to only 62 individuals
In 2018, it was 42
In 2019, it was down to only 26 individuals who own more wealth than 3.8 billion people.
And now in 2021, 20 people own more than 50% of the entire planet.
This isn’t democracy, this is a feudal plutocracy on a burning Earth
The Big Tech Tzars have manipulated our collective fear, ego, anger and insecurities through social media in a way that has led to the largest psychological civil war ever launched against one another.
We are but meat bags secreting hormones addicted to dopamine rewards for fat, sugar, salt and sex in a cultural landscape of individualism uber allas where we sing sweet secret lies to ourselves to make sense of a world around us that is frightening and in constant entropy.
Meanwhile, the planet burns and every aspect of our existence is monetarised for big data to sell us more stuff we can’t afford. We are alienated and anesthetized by a consumer culture that keeps us neurotic and disconnected. Our work, our existence, every move we make are all built to suck money to a minority class that sits above us while under neoliberalism, globalization, financialization, and automation, our existence as individuals has only become more disposable.
We need to be kinder to People and crueler to Corporates.
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