The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and PowerDownloadable Audiobook - 2012
Joel Bakan, an eminent law professor and legal theorist, contends that "the corporation" is created by law to function much like a psychopathic personality, whose destructive behavior, if left unchecked, leads to scandal and ruin. Mandated to pursue, relentlessly and without exception, their own economic self-interest, regardless of the harmful consequences it might cause to others-a concept endorsed by no less a luminary than the Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman-the corporation's unbridled self-interest victimizes individuals, society, and, when it goes awry, even shareholders and can cause corporations to self-destruct, as recent Wall Street scandals reveal.Despite the structural failings found in the corporation, Bakan believes change is possible and outlines a far-reaching program of concrete, pragmatic, and realistic reforms through legal regulation and democratic control.Backed by extensive research, The Corporation draws on in-depth interviews with such wide-ranging figures as CEO Hank McKinnell of Pfizer, Nobel Prize-winner Milton Friedman, business guru Peter Drucker, and critic Noam Chomsky of MIT.
Publisher: [United States] : Post Hypnotic Press : Made available through hoopla, 2012.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (7hr., 22 min.)) : digital.
Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)