Saturday, July 16, 2011

"The Corporation"

The Keystone Social Action Team will carry out a one-year project that focuses on limiting Corporate Personhood. This would be done in a step-wise process that involves education about the issues involved, writing up a resolution to submit to the Justice and Witness Ministries of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Church of Christ, and if it sees its way through, to take the final proposal to the regional conference Annual Meeting in May 2012. We are joining others nationally who are working on an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Our Social Action Team is hoping that many more friends of Keystone will become educated on this issue and move forward with us.

Our team recently viewed the documentary, “The Corporation.” Many of our team expressed outrage at how large corps are behaving, and how the public is convinced by them that there is a need for whatever it is that they are selling. One of the interesting segments in the documentary compared characteristics of corporations to that of psychopaths. Here are the bullet points:
• Callous concern for the feelings of others
• Incapacity to maintain enduring relationships
• Reckless disregard for the safety of others
• Deceitfulness (repeated lying and conning of others)
• Incapacity to experience guilt
• Failure to conform to social norms in respect to lawful behavior

Have you seen the documentary? What struck you? Please feel free to comment.

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