Comments: The Corporation, Take 2 (of 3), The Permanent Critique:

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"Chomsky believes the overriding goal of most people's lives is worrying about the worlds atrocities"

Really? Chomsky writes that the majority of the population is marginalized, to the point of not caring or knowing about atrocities. I will assume that this is his motivation for being so over-the-top at times.

"acknowledge that life has room for pleasure"

hahahha. So true. Let me live in my vices. ok?


Cheers.

Yeah that's a typo on my part should (and I'll be changing it in a minute) read:

"Chomsky believes the overriding goal of most people's lives *should be* worrying about the world's atrocities"

modified it a bit more actually, I don't really know what Chomsky believes, so it says "seems to believe".

Chomsky actually seems a lot like the religious anti-abortion people. Both profess huge concern for the lives of "people" (the quotes are for the abortion side) that are essentially completely abstract to anyone in the west. At the same time they don't really think much about the consequences of their particular concerns as a reality on the people.

Chomsky lost me forever when he went after sports in Manufacturing Consent. He's right to an extent of course, sports do reinforce a degree of "us vs. them", but they also reinforce the tremendous power of teamwork, unity and community. Even in the heart of Maoism the Chinese had sports. Plus they are fun, they make life more worth living. Yet it never seems to cross his mind that by saving a million East Timorese lives, he would have saved half a million sports lovers....

I agree with him that there are problems out there that deserve far more attention and time. But there is a need for life to be lived, and not just saved.

I had the same arc of emotions while wathcing the corp. at the end I wanted to go fire-bomb bechtel. I will say Ray Anderson is definitely a hero. Much respect.

so true on chomsky.

keep it up.

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People on this list seem to be agreeing that Ray Anderson is a kind of here in The Corporation.

Call me a skeptical Marxist, but the potential for systemic social(ist) change does not in my opinion, in the main, lie with the Ray Andersons of the world. Consider the following:

I was struck by the fact that Ray Anderson never mentioned changing the labor conditions in his Interface factories (sweatshops?). His "rebirth" as a corporate reformer is cast in exclusively environmental terms.

While environmental concerns are absolutely crucial (and in fact I believe that the destruction of the world's biosphere and unsustainable capitalist development can only be effectively pursued through a mass-popularly based global socialist movement to radically redirect state policies), I get nervous when concern over the "Earth" starts to take precedence over justice and decency for all the world's PEOPLE.

The inspiring figure in this film for me is the Bolivian activist, Oscar Olivera: "El Pueblo Unido, Jamas Sera Vencido!" [The People United, Will Never be Defeated!]

People on this list seem to be agreeing that Ray Anderson is a kind of here in The Corporation.

Call me a skeptical Marxist, but the potential for systemic social(ist) change does not in my opinion, in the main, lie with the Ray Andersons of the world. Consider the following:

I was struck by the fact that Ray Anderson never mentioned changing the labor conditions in his Interface factories (sweatshops?). His "rebirth" as a corporate reformer is cast in exclusively environmental terms.

While environmental concerns are absolutely crucial (and in fact I believe that the destruction of the world's biosphere and unsustainable capitalist development can only be effectively pursued through a mass-popularly based global socialist movement to radically redirect state policies), I get nervous when concern over the "Earth" starts to take precedence over justice and decency for all the world's PEOPLE.

The inspiring figure in this film for me is the Bolivian activist, Oscar Olivera: "El Pueblo Unido, Jamas Sera Vencido!" [The People United, Will Never be Defeated!]

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