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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (67 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joel Bakan Narrator: Rebecca Jenkin Publisher: Post Hypnotic Press Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Joel Bakan's book is a brilliantly argued account of the corporation's pathological pursuit of profit and power. An eminent law professor and legal theorist, Bakan contends that the corporation is created by law to function much like a psychopathic personality whose destructive behavior, if left unchecked, leads to scandal and ruin.

In the most revolutionary assessment of the corporation as a legal and economic institution since Peter Drucker's early works, Bakan backs his premise with the following claims:

  • The corporation's legally defined mandate is to pursue, relentlessly and without exception, its own economic self-interest, regardless of the harmful consequences it might cause to others - a concept endorsed by no less a luminary than the Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman.
  • The corporation's unbridled self-interest victimizes individuals, society, and, when it goes awry, even shareholders and can cause corporations to self-destruct, as recent Wall Street scandals reveal.
  • While corporate social responsibility in some instances does much good, it is often merely a token gesture, serving to mask the corporation's true character.
  • Governments have abdicated much of their control over the corporation, despite its flawed character, by freeing it from legal constraints through deregulation and by granting it ever greater authority over society through privatization.

Despite the structural failings found in the corporation, Bakan believes change is possible and outlines a far-reaching program of concrete, pragmatic, and realistic reforms through legal regulation and democratic control.

Backed by extensive research, The Corporation draws on in-depth interviews with such wide-ranging figures as CEO Hank McKinnell of Pfizer, Nobel Prize-winner Milton Friedman, business guru Peter Drucker, and critic Noam Chomsky of MIT.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jaimie Montréal | 12/10/2013

    " It's really a 3.5. It's got a lot of good info, but I wish he would have gone into more depth on a number of his major points. It's certainly worth reading in any case. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by yaman | 10/30/2013

    " An absolute must read for every parent. May God protect our children "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Susan Marshall | 10/2/2013

    " I was a bit disappointed with this. I believe it is an important topic, but the writing was dry and boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda Wickes | 7/25/2013

    " If you are an over reactive parent, do not read this book! It is a good book and has great information on how to protect your children but I can see some parents panicing. "

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