May 6, 2004
News & Opinion: More Buzz for The Corporation
Joel Bakan, a 44-year-old Canadian law professor, and Mark Achbar, a 48-year-old Canadian filmmaker, came up with the idea to illustrate how corporations have supplanted the government and the church as the dominant societal institution. Mr. Bakan was intrigued with the U.S. legal idea that corporations are like people, with rights to borrow money, buy and sell property and sue in court. Predictably, the premise delights Noam Chomsky, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguist and long-time anticapitalist activist who appears in the film. "This is the first time I've heard the word 'psychopath' applied to corporations," he said in an interview, "and it's exactly right." But others don't care for it. Toronto's Financial Post called the movie an "evil, ugly and dishonest pack of lies" by "cultural welfare recipients." The Winnipeg Free Press gave the film 3 stars out of a possible five, taking the film to task for its "unremitting grimness," adding that it "might not be enough to get audiences out of the shopping malls and onto the streets."[*subscription needed for WSJ.com]
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.