THE CORPORATION
Should some things be “free”, i.e., not owned by anyone? Or should we allow everything to be owned, and then we will each be allowed to have access only to those items we can afford to purchase?

Many years ago only the rich had access to books. Then a "public library movement" emerged, supported by enlightened individuals such as Andrew Carnegie who gave grants to build libraries, but only under the condition that the libraries be open to the public free of charge.

The documentary, The Corporation, argues that the list of entities in our universe that remain “free to everyone” is rapidly shrinking. Modern multinational corporations are ethically and legally beholden to no one, and have become too savvy and powerful to be curbed by governmental laws and regulatory agencies.

Think you have the “right” to drink free water? Think again. Documentary provides a chilling example of a city where a corporation purchased the rights to all water. Citizens could not legally put out buckets to catch rainwater to drink -- All water in the city was owned by the corporation and if you wanted some, you had to purchase it!

Think you have a “right” to write your own computer software? Think again. The modern day worldwide Free Software movement has been attempting to produce software for the public (roughly analogous to the “public library movement” of the past). To see what corporations are doing currently to shut this movement down, visit:
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/protecting.html
Lest we who live in the greater Seattle area think ruthless multinationals are someone else’s problem and not part of our own backyard, consider the recent article in the business section of the Tacoma News Tribune stating that Microsoft, Inc., in an attempt to beat back free software, applied for over 2,000 patents last year and plans to apply for over 3,000 this year.

In terms of its message, I give this documentary a rating of 5. As a film, I gave it a rating of 3.

Ron Boothe