In his 2004 film, The Corporation, Joel Bakan argues that corporations’ status as legal “persons” imbues them by law with psychopathic personalities. In his newest film, The New Corporation, Bakan takes aim at corporations’ new, and deceptive, claims to be conscientious. He argues these claims recast corporations as publicly-minded governors of society – rather than self-interested actors in need of governance – and thereby feed neoliberalism’s displacement of democracy with markets. In this lecture, Bakan will call us to action, discussing these arguments in light of corporate capitalism’s intersecting links to colonialism and racism; crises of climate and inequality; and the hollowing out of democracy.
Lakeshore Campus, BMO Innovation Commons (G Building)
3199 Lake Shore Blvd W.
Etobicoke, ON M8V 1K8Canada