QUOTE(anthony @ Sun 20th March 2011, 2:45pm)
Aren't psychopaths people?
Nah, sub-humans. The discussion here is on whether corporations are people. It is another to ask whether all "people" make it to personhood.
I see this direction of conversation is well covered elsewhere. I have not read this book, did not see the film, and so cannot recommended either ... but, of course, being a Wikipedia I will quote it at length in argument in order to appear an ex-spurt in the topic.
The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan.
Bakan, an internationally recognized legal scholar and professor of law at the University of British Columbia, takes a powerful stab at the most influential institution of our time, the corporation.
As a legal entity, a corporation has as its edict one and only one goal, to create profits for its shareholders, without legal or moral obligation to the welfare of workers, the environment, or the well-being of society as a whole. Corporations have successfully hijacked governments, promoting free-market solutions to virtually all of the concerns of human endeavor. Competition and self-interest dominate, and other aspects of human nature, such as creativity, empathy, and the ability to live in harmony with the earth, are suppressed and even ridiculed.
Bakan believes that, like Communism, this ideological order cannot last and that corporate rule must be challenged to bring balance and revive the values of democracy, social justice, equality, and compassion.
I do agree that these golem have grown out of proportion and their influences are corrupting to the point of destruction our environment and societies.