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The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2007

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    I saw Bakan's video of his book and it is excellent. Highly recommend it to anyone interested in reading about one of the most insidious, pervasive, destructive forces on our planet today--the pathological masculine psyche. I am a psychotherapist and the nexus between masculine pathology 'narcissitic personality disorder, sociopathy and psychopathy' and world problems is an invisible web of power, deceit and corruption that will be the death of us all if left unchecked. See the video. We do have shining examples of the mature masculine consciousness in persons like Noam Chomsky who are diligently trying to raise consciousness on the planet. These are the men who are beacons of hope for peace and justice in the world. I honor Bakan's exemplary book and its timely message.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2006

    Absorbing read...

    A thought-provoking read, perfect for those who work in large corporations yet find themselves so frazzled by constant deadlines and the 'daily grind' that they lose sight of the big picture. I finished this book in a weekend, because it's extremely absorbing and clear rather than overly academic. I found Bakan's discussion of corporate social responsibility especially fascinating, as well as his exploration of the discrepancy (and sometimes, extreme IRONY) between our values as human beings and our values as employees of major corporations...Highly recommended for corporate employees, execs and students contemplating their future careers and values!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2005

    Contrarian Study of Corporate Behavior

    The steady drumbeat of corporate scandals in recent years has made many observers wonder what happened to corporate responsibility. Law professor Joel Bakan has a contrarian answer: Corporate responsibility never existed in the first place. He persuasively argues that corporations are 'pathological' to the core, spurred by tradition and legal precedent to ignore all goals except maximizing profits. Bakan¿s tone is strident at times, and the back-cover endorsement by noted leftist MIT linguistics professor Noam Chomsky may suggest that Bakan is not a dispassionate observer. Still, he compiles enough detail to bolster his point. His account of how General Motors reputedly calculated that it was cheaper to let people die due to a safety flaw than fix the defect is eye opening - although not necessarily surprising to readers who share the author¿s disdain for big business. We recommend this study to those who would like to explore corporate¿ behavior and its impact on society, albeit from a contrarian¿s point of view.

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