Saturday, January 23, 2010

The New High Priests

In 2004, Canadian law professor Joel Bakan published a path-breaking book for general readers on the history, purposes, triumphs, and pathology of The Corporation. The book was quickly reprised as an entertaining and informative 8-hour documentary which is now available for free in 15 parts on YouTube and as a download at several web sites, including here. The well-documented book and the riveting documentary film have won over twenty-four international prizes.

As one analyst says, corporations have become the "new high priests and reigning oligarchs" of our political system. This week's 5 to 4 Supreme Court decision effectively confirms it.

If you want to know how and why bloodless corporations have become "persons" and wormed their way into the U.S. Constitution, read the book and see the documentary.

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