01/03/2015

The pathological search for benefit and power

One hundred and fifty years ago, the corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Now it is a vivid and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy or the Communist Party in other times and places, it is today’s dominant institution. But History humbles dominant institutions; all have been crushed or absorbed into some new order, and the corporation is unlikely to be the first institution to defy History.

Based on Joel Bakan’s book The corporation: the pathological pursuit of profit and power, the documentary The corporation is a timely, critical inquiry that examines the very nature of this kind of companies: its inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures.

We begin by learning that, under the law, corporations have all the rights and yet few of the responsibilities of people. Later, by viewing the behavior of the corporation through the prism DSM —Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the gold standard of psychiatric evaluation— the authors discover that if the corporation were indeed a person, the person would be considered a psychopath.

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En colaboración con el el criminólogo Rob Davis exploró la relación entre la policía y la comunidad y sus efectos en las denuncias civiles. En 2000 entró en el NDRI —National Disease Research Interchange— como investigador asociado en dos proyectos del NIH —National Institutes of Health— liderados por el Dr Samuel R. Friedman: 'Redes, normas y riesgo de SIDA en la juventud' y 'Factores sociales y riesgo de SIDA'. Ambos proyectos exploran las relaciones entre adictos, distribuidores, policía y otros actores de la comunidad, y cómo estas afectan a los resultados sobre salud y crimen. También ha sido investigador en un proyecto del NIDA —National Institute on Drug Abuse— cuyo objetivo es ayudar a los adictos a establecer estrategias para mantenerse alejados del SIDA y la hepatitis C; el proyecto contó además con una red de colaboradores en Londres, Sydney, Valencia y Vancouver. Actualmente, Pedro es investigador principal en un proyecto del NIDA que analiza el riesgo de SIDA y hepatitis C asociado al uso sin prescripción médica de opioides.'The future is a return to feudalism'. PhD in sociology, specialized in urban ethnography. With over 15 years experience in qualitative research both in New York City and internationally, he is first author and co-author of numerous peer reviewed publications and reports. His doctoral dissertation was a comparative study titled 'Street ethos: surviving High School that explored the impact of violence and crime on the academic experience of immigrants and American-born students'. At the Vera Institute of Justice, mentored by Dr Mercer Sullivan, he was the principal investigator of a National Institute of Justice grant that focused on race theory as it relates to adolescent violence, gangs and immigration. In collaboration with criminologist Rob Davis he explored the relationship between police and the community and its effect on civilian complaints. In 2000, he joined NDRI —National Disease Research Interchange— as a principal research associate for two NIH —National Institutes of Health— projects led by Samuel R. Friedman, PhD: 'Networks, norms and HIV risk among youth' and 'Social factors and HIV risk'. Both projects explored interactions among drug users, dealers, police and other community actors and how they relate to various health and crime outcomes. He was also principal investigator on a NIDA —National Institute on Drug Abuse— developmental project aimed at training injector drug users in strategies to avoid HIV and HCV infections, 'Staying safe: training IDUs in strategies to avoid HIV and HCV'. A consortium of researchers in London, Sydney, Valencia, and Vancouver collaborated in parallel 'Staying safe' studies. 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Nacido en la segunda mitad del siglo XX, se presenta a principios del XXI como candidato a suceder al Capitalismo. Sostiene que estamos jugando con la resistencia del planeta y debemos aprender a vivir felices con menos bienes de consumo, a un ritmo más natural, y para conseguirlo cree necesaria la combinación de tres tipos de actuaciones: la personal —mayor responsabilidad, reducción del consumo, reutilización de las cosas, menor uso del coche, etc—, la colectiva o local —consumo de productos locales, apoyo a la movilidad sostenible, rechazo a la especulación urbanística, etc— y la política o global —control de la publicidad, elección de bancos locales y éticos, reparto del empleo con reducciones de jornada, protección de los sectores más vulnerables, etc—. Dice el economista Serge Latouche, uno de sus máximos defensores, que 'la gente feliz no suele consumir'. Otro de ellos, Paul Ariès, politólogo y escritor, defiende en este vídeo la necesidad de construir una sociedad que respete el planeta y cuyo objetivo sea el bienestar de la inmensa mayoría de sus integrantes.Degrowth is a current political, economic and social thought which proposes regular and controlled reduction of economic output, with the aim of establishing a new equilibrium relationship between man and nature, and between humans themselves. Born in the second half of the twentieth century, is presented at the beginning of XXI as a candidate to succeed Capitalism. He argues that we are playing with the resistance of the planet and must learn to live happily with less consumer goods, at a more natural, and believes necessary to achieve the combination of three types of actions: the personal —more responsibility, reducing consumption, reuse things, less use of the car, etc—, the collective or local —consumption of local products, support sustainable mobility, urban speculation rejection, etc— and policy or global —control of advertising, choosing local and ethical banks, job sharing with reduced working hours, protection of the most vulnerable sectors, etc—. The economist Serge Latouche, one of its greatest advocates, says that 'happy people do not usually consumes'. Another, Paul Ariès, political scientist and writer, argues in this video the need to build a society that respects the planet and aimed at the welfare the vast majority of its members." 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Pensador, ensayista y profesor en universidades de todo el mundo, ha construido un grueso cuerpo teórico para temas como modernidad y posmodernidad, clases sociales, hermenéutica, ingeniería social, holocausto o nueva pobreza. Autor de numerosos libros de gran impacto académico y social como ‘Tiempos líquidos’ o ‘Modernidad y Holocausto’, entre muchos otros, es considerado uno de los sociólogos más importantes del siglo XX. 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Un discurso profundo, cargado de conocimiento y crítica social y política, hilvanado a través de su propia idea de cambio de solidez a liquidez en la era posmoderna y lo que para la humanidad supone.Zygmunt Bauman is a sociologist and philosopher of Polish origin, best known for his creation and development of the concept of ‘liquid modernity’. Thinker, essayist and professor of universities worldwide, has built a large package of knowledge, to issues such as modernity and postmodernity, social classes, hermeneutics, social engineering, holocaust or new poverty. Author of numerous books of great academic and social impact as ‘Liquid times or ‘Modernity and the Holocaust’, among many others, is considered one of the most important sociologists of the XX century. Other concepts such as ‘gardening society’ are present in his work and lead to reflection about how bureaucratic, political and social apparatus turns to social engineering —design and configure the power to society: who fits and who does not, to whom it is a benefit and who does not… all that relates to bureaucratic and legal aspects— to ends that make it work as a garden: the gardener —the State— can give you the look and color to the garden you want, and the dangers that this posed and the immense consequences that can have social and humanitarian level are the main thesis of ‘Modernity and the Holocaust’ and part of ‘Wasted lives’. In this excerpt from the interview made by Fernando Schüller and Mário Mazzilly for the Brazilian project Fronteiras do Pensamento, Bauman reflects on the social condition of the world in the XX and early XXI centuries. A profound speech, full of knowledge and social and political criticism, basting through his own idea, changing the strength of the liquidity in the postmodern era and what supposed to humanity." 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El término fue propuesto en 1972 por Jigme Singye Wangchuck, rey de Bután, como respuesta a las constantes críticas sobre la mala marcha de la economía del país. Las medidas derivadas de este concepto se aplican en la vida cotidiana de los butaneses teniendo en cuenta las peculiaridades de su cultura, basada principalmente en el budismo. Mientras los modelos convencionales observan el crecimiento económico como objetivo principal, el concepto de FNB se basa en la premisa de que el verdadero desarrollo de la sociedad humana se encuentra en la complementación y refuerzo mutuo de los desarrollos material y espiritual. Sus cuatro pilares son la promoción del desarrollo socioeconómico sostenible e igualitario, la preservación y promoción de valores culturales, la conservación del Medio Ambiente y el establecimiento de un buen gobierno.Gross National Happiness (GNH) or Gross Domestic Happiness (GDH) its an indicator that measures people's life quality in more holistic and psychological terms than the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The term was proposed in 1972 by Jigme Singye Wangchuck, King of Buthan, as an answer to the constant criticism to the bad economy of the country. The measures resulting from this concept are applied in everyday life of the Bhutanese taking into account the peculiarities of their culture, based mainly in Buddhism. While conventional models observed economic growth as its main objective, the concept of GNH is based on the premise that true development of human society is in the complementarity and mutual reinforcement of material and spiritual developments. 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