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20January2005 [myth]
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Mentioned on The Corporation: slavery did not end because the market collapsed. It ended because enough people asserted that there is a moral order that takes precedence to the market and to commodification (ie, of humans). But similarly, we cannot claim that environmental problems or human rights abuses will be sorted because the market demands it - it will take enough people speaking out and asserting a moral order.

In all, thought The Corporation a pretty good documentary, and very stylish piece of film-making (with a spookily sci-fi/post-apocalyptic voiceover). Some of the info/propaganda was pretty ridiculous (eg, suggesting IBM complicit in the Holocaust ‘cause their punch-card computers were used in cataloguing prisoners), but there were some worthwhile philosophical points…

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