The Corporation shows the development of the modern business corporation, from a legal entity that originated as a government chartered establishment meant to have an effect on specific public functions, to the increase of the modern commercial institution entitled to most of the legal rights of an individual.
One theme is its assessment as a personality, as the results of an 1886 case within the U.S Supreme Court during which an announcement by Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite led to firms as persons having an equivalent rights as people, primarily based on the Fourteenth amendment to the united states constitution.
The film’s assessment is effected via the diagnostic criteria within the DSM-IV; Robert Hare, a University of British Columbia psychology professor and a consultant to the FBI, compares the profile of the modern profitable business corporation to that of a clinically diagnosed psychopath. The documentary concentrates principally upon North American corporations, particularly those of the U.S.
The Corporation is in vignettes examining and criticizing corporate business practices. It makes an attempt to compare the methods companies are systematically compelled to behave with the DSM-IV’s symptoms of psychopathy, i.e. callous disregard for the the sentiments of people, the incapacity to maintain human relationships, reckless disregard for the safety of others, deceitfulness, the incapacity to experience guilt, and also the failure to conform to social norms and respect the law.