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The Atheist Debater's Handbook
Does God exist, is there divine inspiration in our daily lives? Mr. Johnson contends that theism has not proved its case. This lively book was written to provide the skeptic with an arsenal of arguments against the theist. Some of the topics covered include "God and Atheism", "God and Design", "God and Existence", "God and Religious Experience", "God and Morality", "God and evil", and "God and Christianity."
The Bible Unearthed
The Bible Unearthed By Israel Finkelstein, director of Tel Aviv University's excavations at Megiddo (ancient Armageddon), and Silberman, author of a series of successful and intriguing books on the political and cultural dimensions of archeology, present for the first time to a general audience the results of recent research, which reveals more clearly that while the Bible may be the most important piece of Western literature--serving concrete political, cultural and religious purposes--many of the events recorded in the Old Testament are not historically accurate. Finkelstein and Silberman do not aim to undermine the Bible's import, but to demonstrate why it became the basic document for a distinct religious community under particular political circumstances. For example, they maintain that the Exodus was not a single dramatic event, as described in the second book of the Bible, but rather a series of occurrences over a long period of time. The Old Testament account is, according to the authors, neither historical truth nor literary fiction, but a powerful expression of memory and hope constructed to serve particular political purposes at the time it was composed. The authors claim quite convincingly that the kingdoms of Israel and Judah became radically different regions even before the time of King David; the northern lands were densely populated, with a booming agriculture-based economy, while the southern region was sparsely populated by migratory pastoral groups. Furthermore, they contend, "we still have no hard archaeological evidence--despite the unparalleled biblical description of its grandeur--that Jerusalem was anything more than a modest highland village in the time of David, Solomon, and Rehoboam." Fresh, stimulating and highly engaging, this book will hold greatest appeal for readers familiar with the Bible, in particular the Old Testament--unfortunately, a shrinking percentage of the population. 16 pages of b&w photos not seen by PW. Agent, Carol Mann. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
The Historical Evidence for Jesus
In this thoroughly researched study, G.A. Wells has squarely faced the question of whether a man named Jesus lived, preached, healed, and died in Palestine during the early years of the first century of the Christian era - or indeed, at any time. Building on the biblical studies of Christian theologians, Dr. Wells soberly demonstrates that we have no reliable eyewitnesses to the events depicted in the New Testament. He publicizes a fact known to theological scholars but little-known in the average Christian congregation: that the order of books of the New Testament is not an accurate chronological arrangement. Indeed, Paul, who never saw Jesus, wrote his epistles to early Christian congregations before the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and John were written.
It may come as a great surprise to Christians and other monotheists, to agnostics, atheists, and humanists alike, that "the earliest references to the historical Jesus are so vague that it is not necessary to hold that he ever existed; the rise of Christianity can, from the undoubtedly historical antecedents, be explained quite well without him; and reasons can be given to show why, from about A.D. 80 or 90, Christians began to suppose that he had lived in Palestine about fifty years earlier."
The Historical Evidence for Jesus is not a frontal attack on Christians per se; rather it is an easily understood but scholarly examination of the evidence for many long-accepted notions about the "biography" of the man called Jesus. This book takes up and quotes extensively from the Epistles and the Gospels of the New Testament, thus letting the evidence speak for itself in words familiar to every Bible reader. For example, Wells closely compares what Paul said about Jesus with what the author of Matthew, who lived later, wrote of him. Then he explains why these discrepancies apparently exist. Startling indeed is his proof that "earlier writers sometimes make statements which positively exclude the idea that Jesus worked miracles, delivered certain teachings, or suffered under Pilate."
There is also interesting material on the topics of Jesus' supposed family, the so-called Shroud of Turin, and the myth-making that even today surrounds the figure of Jesus. Dr. Wells does not, however, attempt to demolish belief in God or the ethical precepts held by Christians. His presentation is always fair and couched in moderate tones.
Biblical Errancy: A Reference Guide
Defenders of the Bible can often cite chapter and verse from Scriptures to support their particular point of view. Biblical critics, on the other hand, are rarely as adept at citing biblical passages to defend their analysis. Merely knowing that the Bible contains many fallacies and contradictions is not enough to make an effective argument. The skeptic needs a comprehensive reference tool to allow quick retrieval of biblical contradictions, errors, and fallacies.
Biblical Errancy: A Reference Guide has been compiled specifically to meet this need. This work addresses virtually every significant dilemma of the Bible; arranges them by topic; and delineates the problems within each. Besides its handy alphabetical organization of subject matter, Biblical Errancy has many other user-friendly features: it arranges the cited verses within a subject heading in the order in which they appear in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation; it uses a system of marking verses with one, two, or three asterisks to indicate their importance to the topic under consideration; and it has many cross-references to related areas of interest. Although many books critique the Bible from a wide variety of perspectives, none have been structured in such a manner as to provide a virtually exhaustive body of critical information that can be retrieved on a moment's notice on nearly every biblical topic imaginable. The volume and scope of the material discussed is such that anyone having any interest whatsoever in Scriptures will find something of value in these pages.
The Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization
Book Description The national bestseller that shocked the nation--The Death of the West is an unflinching look at the increasing decline in Western culture and power.
The West is dying. Collapsing birth rates in Europe and the U. S., coupled with population explosions in Africa, Asia and Latin America are set to cause cataclysmic shifts in world power, as unchecked immigration swamps and polarizes every Western society and nation. The Death of the West details how a civilization, culture, and moral order are passing away and foresees a new world order that has terrifying implications for our freedom, our faith, and the preeminence of American democracy.
The Death of the West is a timely, provocative study that asks the question that quietly troubles millions: Is the America we grew up in gone forever?
The Great Betrayal: How American Sovereignty and Social Justice Are Being Sacrificed to..
From Booklist: The companion to Buchanan's excellent book on the usually soporific topic of trade policy, The Great Betrayal , shows the columnist^-broadcaster^-presidential candidate still in top form. A Republic is his foreign policy book, in which he criticizes both current approaches--the new Wilsonism of President Clinton and the king-of-the-mountainism, so to speak, of most Republicans. As he sees it, these approaches invite trouble by requiring the U.S. to dominate the world, which he considers impossible and undesirable. It is impossible because Americans won't tolerate "another Vietnam" and don't intend to provide the military resources to make good on global commitments. It is undesirable because it makes the U.S. the military servant of other, often quite wealthy and populous nations (e.g., Japan, South Korea, Israel) and the target of resentment from dissidents in those nations: from the first situation the U.S. gets nothing in exchange, and from the second it may get terrorist attacks and, should the dissidents gain power, enemies. Instead of a globalist-internationalist policy, Buchanan urges that self-interest drive U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. should protect its citizens within its own well-defended borders, offer assistance short of troop deployment to allies (and require allies not to sell military technology to U.S. adversaries), withdraw troops from other nations that can afford their own defense, and avoid wars in places or for causes in which the U.S. has no interest that its citizens will accept as reason to fight. The best feature of Buchanan's argument is that he bases it in a history of U.S. foreign policy from Washington to the present. With his vivid columnist's prose, he also produces a read as riveting as it is provocative. Ray Olson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race
Midwest Book Review Over the past two hundred years the scientific establishment has selectively ignored, suppressed, and forgotten some remarkable artifacts and bones that contradict the dominant views of human origins and antiquity. Evolutionary prejudices have served as a sort of informational "filtering" system that has left us with a radically incomplete set of facts for building our ideas about human origins. The Hidden History Of The Human Race is a call for change in today's arbitrarily rigid mindset. Deploying an unexpectedly great number of convincing facts, deeply illuminated with critical analysis, readers will find themselves compelled to rethink our understanding of human origins, identity, and destiny. The Hidden History Of The Human Race proves a literary excavation of a vast store of heretofore hidden knowledge in a journey that takes us across five continents to key archeological sites (some long forgotten, others the center of ongoing research). The Hidden History Of The Human Race is bound to ignite controversy, challenging as it does one of the most fundamental components of the modern scientific world view. meticulously researched and carefully written, The Hidden History Of The Human Race takes us to a crossroads of knowledge and invites us to take a courageous first step in a new direction. Controversial, thought provoking, and exceptionally well presented, Cremo and Thompson are to be congratulated with this astonishing contribution to anthropology and the theory of human evolution.
Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for Everyone and No One (Penguin Classics)
Friedrich Nietzsche's most accessible and influential philosophical work, misquoted, misrepresented, brilliantly original and enormously influential, Thus Spoke Zarathustra is translated from the German by R.J. Hollingdale in Penguin Classics. Nietzsche was one of the most revolutionary and subversive thinkers in Western philosophy, and Thus Spoke Zarathustra remains his most famous and influential work. It describes how the ancient Persian prophet Zarathustra descends from his solitude in the mountains to tell the world that God is dead and that the Superman, the human embodiment of divinity, is his successor. – A.C .Grayling
Racketeering in Medicine: The Suppression of Alternatives
Racketeering In Medicine: The Suppression Of Alternatives by physician and health issues consultant James P. Carter is a sharply worded expose of just how the financial bottom line is warping and skewing the manner in which medical treatments are researched, tested, and approved. A vociferous and articulate warning against the undue influence of pharmaceutical companies, and the suppression of the benefits of less costly alternative treatments, Racketeering In Medicine is a stimulating account of a very real problem present in American health care today and should be mandatory reading for health care activists, health care policy makers, and health care providers.
Circumcision: A History Of The World's Most Controversial Surgery
More than a million infant boys are circumcised every year in America, the highest occurrence of this procedure in the world. Why? Out of sheer cultural habit, concludes David Gollaher in his groundbreaking study, Circumcision. The tremendous momentum behind Gollaher's account is generated by one simple question: what is known about this most common of procedures? Alarmingly, precious little. Gollaher remedies that problem by tracing the historical roots of circumcision as a rite of passage into manhood in various ancient cultures before bringing the reader to 19th-century America, when circumcision rates skyrocketed through endorsements by the nascent American medical profession, which credited circumcision with exaggerated health benefits. Circumcision would eventually turn into a mark of class distinction, and the surgery would become entrenched in modern medical practices, despite scant study of its benefits, dangers, or side effects. Gollaher is to be commended for maintaining an even perspective on a practice that is sure to become increasingly controversial; he allows the research itself to fascinate and illuminate. As expected, there are many unsettling graphic descriptions in this book, but its most horrifying revelation is its most casual: the incontrovertible fact that circumcision remains the least understood--yet most widely practiced--surgery in the United States.
The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It
Many Americans have wondered why prescription drugs have become so expensive while advertising for those drugs seems to grow exponentially. Former New England Journal of Medicine Editor Marcia Angell has some answers. The pharmaceutical industry, according to Angell, is fraught with corruption and doing a disservice to customers, the federal government, and to the medical establishment itself. In The Truth About the Drug Companies, Angell explains how a huge portion of the revenue generated by "Big Pharma" goes not into research and development but into aggressive marketing campaigns to sell their product. She describes how, even though the drug companies claim that it costs them an average of 802 million dollars per drug to develop new medicines, that figure is obscenely inflated since it factors in marketing as well as expected interest the company would have received had they invested the money in the open market. Meanwhile, Angell says, most of the R & D work is done by colleges and universities funded by the government. There are also problems with the drugs themselves, Angell indicates, since a majority are "me-too drugs", slightly modified versions of existing products which meant to address concerns of consumers most likely to spend money on pharmaceuticals. Thus, the market is filled with remarkably similar drugs to treat depression and high cholesterol while potentially life-saving medicines for diseases afflicting third-world countries are discontinued because they aren't profitable. In the books most damning passage, Angell tells of the high-priced junkets offered to doctors, ostensibly offered as educational opportunities that seem to constitute little more than bribes. The prognosis for reform is a grim one, Angell indicates, due to the massive cash reserves and lobbying efforts of "Big Pharma." Indeed, that lobby was hard at work trying to discredit her claims immediately upon the book's publication. But for anyone who's paid a pharmacy bill, The Truth About the Drug Companies is a fascinating read. --John Moe
The New Encyclopedia of the Occult
From Booklist. In his introduction, Greer states that his book is the first written by an "occult practitioner" who has consulted the scholarly texts that have recently been written about the history of occult traditions. This combination has produced a reference work that is sympathetic to the arcane lore but avoids many of the common errors found in occult literature. The volume arranges its 1,500 entries in alphabetical order. Topics include magic, Tarot, astrology, and other forms of divination; magical orders such as the Golden Dawn; biographies of significant individuals; and spiritual movements such as Wicca, Theosophy, and the modern Pagans. Where appropriate, entries contain see references to other entries and to books found in the extensive bibliography. Illustrations include charts, diagrams, and photographs.
The essays are clearly written and are very informative. The book is useful for the practitioner as well as for the curious because the contents are factual and concise. The author promises that as new information becomes available on topics, he will publish a revised edition to maintain the integrity and accuracy of the volume. This is an important source for libraries to have in their collections to assist anyone seeking information about the many aspects of occult traditions. RBB Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved.
Diet for a Poisoned Planet: How to Choose Safe Foods for You and Your Family - The Twenty-first Century Edition
Pages six through ten in John C. Stauber's terrific book, "Toxic Sludge is Good for You", is entirely about the history of the heavy PR movement against this Steinman Poison Planet book. Stauber also explains the very conservative Everett Koop's close relations to prominent anti-environmentalist Elizabeth M Whelan (Whelan, to her credit, is however strongly opposed to tobacco). They joined with others in the chemical and P.R. industry to try to kill the effect of the Steinman book's initial release. As with Gary Webb in "Dark Alliance", and John Perkins with "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man", unrepentantly bad organizations know that you have to attack (in the case of Webb) or sometimes ignore (in the case of Perkins) the hardcore truth tellers; Today's public relations industry has to pay for "experts" to "prove" again and again that pollution and other bad things are either being overstated or cover up a much larger "benefit". Steinman's book has been classically smeared. On one side are the usual corporate groupies, heartless investors, and unfortunate dupes of a very uncool Public Relations campaign and on the other side is the rest of the world who wants to keep toxic stuff out of their children's bodies. If you are interested in this book, also check out the very interesting and very referenced "Toxic Sludge" recounting as well.
The New Conspiracy Reader: From Planet X to the War on Terrorism-What You Really Don't Know
Ever wonder if you're being told the whole truth about supernatural phenomena, new developments in biological and chemical warfare, and atrocities like Heaven's Gate? This all-new anthology features 31 provocative and engrossing articles from the pages of PARANOIA, the world's most popular and respected conspiracy journal. For the first time, you'll get the real story behind the important cultural and political events that shape our world, including:
- I-Spies, Espionage, and 9/11 - The New West Nile Virus: Bioterrorism or Mother Nature? - The NASA Cover-Up of Planet X - Economic Interests Behind the Yugoslavian Conflict - Thought Control in American Education - Richard Nixon and Conspiracy in the Kent State Shootings.
Compelling, controversial, and featuring a wealth of documentation and sources, The New Conspiracy Reader will convince you that the truth is indeed out there and may be stranger than you ever imagined.
Atheism: The Case Against God (The Skeptic's Bookshelf)
George Smith argues the case for Atheism in this fascinating book. He tears down theistic presuppositions and rips apart common arguments for God's existence reducing them in most cases to emotionalism or blind irrational faith. This book is a great challenge for theists wanting to test their faith, as well as a great reference for atheists and other free thinkers. If you are looking for a book clearly and concisely stating the basic principles of the atheistic position on gods this is the book for you!
Mythology's Last Gods: Yahweh and Jesus
More than 100 years ago, historians began applying critical methods of documentary analysis to the Judaeo-Christian Bible. To scholars who had hoped to prove the Bible's authenticity, the results were traumatic. One by one, the various books of the Bible were discovered to contain errors of fact, inaccurate guesses, rationalizations, prophecies ex post facto (usually combined with prophecies of the future that proved inaccurate), and unmistakable, deliberate lies. Such was the power of the churches that, despite the publication of thousands of scholarly books and articles refuting every part of the Judaeo-Christian Bible, to this day the existence of unchallengeable proof that the Bible is a work of fiction is unknown to ninety percent of the population of Christian-dominated societies.
For a century this information has been available only to students willing to wade through dozens of books, each of which deals with only one aspect of Judaeo-Christian mythology. It is hoped that, by bringing together information on the origin and development of every part of the Yahweh- and Jesus-myths, Mythology's Last Gods will make the facts available to a large enough segment of the population to end the equation of god-mythology with history permanently. This is the first book to critically analyze, and take issue with, every section of the Judaeo-Christian Bible from a wholly skeptical, utterly scholarly perspective.
Mythology's Last Gods is a comprehensive history of the development of Judaeo-Christian god-mythology. Harwood traces the beginning of the "god" concept, the evolution of Judaism to the first century, and the evolution of Christianity from its monotheistic beginnings to its emergence as a three-god creed in A.D. 325. Harwood's work reveals many things including that Jesus the Nazarite preached only Essene Judaism, and that every teaching attributed to him can be traced to a pre-Christian source.
A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits
Book Description Watch your back! . . . How to spot and identify demons and other subversive spirits . . . And what to do next.
Demons, fairies, and fallen angels are everywhere. They lurk at crossroads, crouch behind doors, hide in trees, slip into beds, wait in caves, hover at weddings and childbirths, disguise themselves as friends, relatives-even disguise themselves as you. They are powerful; they are protean; they are enchanting. And, to the uninformed, they are often invisible. This illustrated guide-the first of its kind-reveals the remarkable permutations of the demon and fairy species worldwide. Packed with lore about each demon, detailing its origins, the culture surrounding it, and its reputed antics and exploits, A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels, and Other Subversive Spirits is a fascinating exploration of global mythologies. Perfect for the armchair traveler and the intrepid, seasoned demon-spotter alike, this complete guide to subversive spirits offers a behind-the-scenes look at the devilish mishaps, impish irritations, and demonic devastations that punctuate our lives.
You Are STILL Being Lied To: The NEW Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths (Disinformation Guides)
You Are Being Lied To is a massive collection of articles that ruthlessly destroy the distortions, myths, and outright lies that are fed to us by the government, the media, corporations, history books, organized religion, science and medicine, and society in general. No one is spared, and all sacred cows are candidates for the grinder. Do you believe any of the following?
* Alcoholics Anonymous is effective. * Hackers pose a grave threat to the nation. * There's a hidden code in the Bible. * The Big Bang is an airtight fact. * Thousands of species have gone extinct because of deforestation. * Licking certain toads will get you high. * Most terrorists are Middle Eastern. Wake up! You're being lied to.
This book acts as a battering ram against the distortions, myths, and outright lies that have been shoved down our throats by the government, the media, corporations, organized religion, the scientific establishment, and others who want to keep the truth from us. An unprecedented group of researchers--investigative reporters, political dissidents, academics, media watchdogs, scientist-philosophers, social critics, and rogue scholars--paints a picture of a world where crucial stories are ignored or actively suppressed and the official version of events has more holes in it than Swiss cheese. A world where real dangers are downplayed and nonexistent dangers are trumpeted. In short, a world where you are being lied to.
Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower
Book feedback:"Bravo! A vivid, well-aimed critique of the evils of US global interventionism, a superb antidote to officialdom's lies and propaganda."-Michael Parenti
"Rogue State forcibly reminds us of Vice President Agnew's immortal line, 'The United States, for all its faults, is still the greatest nation in the country.'"-Gore Vidal
"Bill Blum came by his book title easily: He simply tested America by the same standards we use to judge other countries. The result is a bill of wrongs-an especially well-documented encyclopedia of malfeasance, mendacity and mayhem that has been hypocritically carried out in the name of democracy by those whose only true love was power."-Sam Smith William Blum's latest book is Freeing the World To Death: Essays on the American Empire.
Out Of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa
The New York Times Book Review, William Finnegan "To his credit, Mr. Richburg lays out his own confusion and guilt about saying some of the things he does . . . he is candid about his gratitude that his ancestors made it to America. Mr. Richburg lambastes whites in the West who, for fear of appearing racist, hesitate to place responsibility for Africa's woes on African shoulders, and then he extends this criticism to white Americans who are allegedly afraid to hold black Americans responsible for their own woes." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
1,001 Excuses: How to Get Out Of...and Away With...Anything
If your one of those non-assertive overly nice easily manipulated people who find themselves continually being roped into working someone else's agenda authors George Zgourides and Nancy Pickering have some proven techniques, methods, and strategies you can use to arm and protect yourself. You don't have to yield to another's wishes unless it is something you want to do. You don't need to be bullied by intimidating people. All it takes to be free of others burdens is a conscious choice to change your thinking with the tools in this book.
The Sociopath Next Door
Book Description: "Who is the devil you know? Is it your lying, cheating ex-husband? Your sadistic high school gym teacher? Your boss who loves to humiliate people in meetings? The colleague who stole your idea and passed it off as her own? In the pages of The Sociopath Next Door, you will realize that your ex was not just misunderstood. He's a sociopath. And your boss, teacher, and colleague? They may be sociopaths too.
We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people -one in twenty-five-has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in twenty-five everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath. They could be your colleague, your neighbor, even family. And they can do literally anything at all and feel absolutely no guilt.
How do we recognize the remorseless? One of their chief characteristics is a kind of glow or charisma that makes sociopaths more charming or interesting than the other people around them. They're more spontaneous, more intense, more complex, or even sexier than everyone else, making them tricky to identify and leaving us easily seduced..."
The Psychopath's Bible: For the Extreme Individual [PSYCHOPATHS BIBLE EXPANDED -OS]
In the most of the world, psychopaths have gotten a bad rap. That, of course, is quite understandable since almost all of the world's religious and social philosophies have little use for the individual except as a tool to be placed in service to their notion of something else: 'God,' or the 'collective,' or the 'higher good' or some other equally undefinable term. Only rarely, such as in Zen; in Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism; in some aspects of Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism; and in some schools of Existentialism, is the individual considered primal. Here, finally, is a book which celebrates, encourages and educates the best part of ourselves --- The Psychopath.
Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, 10th Anniversary Edition
From Library Journal In this tenth-anniversary edition, Gatto updates his theories on how the U.S. educational system cranks out students the way Detroit cranks out Buicks. He contends that students are more programmed to conform to economic and social norms rather than really taught to think. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
With over 70,000 copies of the first edition in print, this radical treatise on public education has been a New Society Publishers' bestseller for 10 years! Thirty years in New York City's public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine. This second edition describes the wide-spread impact of the book and Gatto's "guerrilla teaching."
The Ego and His Own: The Case of the Individual Against Authority (Dover Books on Western Philosophy)
Credited with influencing the philosophies of Nietzsche and Ayn Rand and the development of libertarianism and existentialism, this prophetic 1844 work challenges the very notion of a common good as the driving force of civilization. Stirner chronicles the battle of the individual against the collective to show how the latter invariably leads to oppression.
The God Who Wasn't There
Holding modern Christianity up to a bright spotlight, this eye-opening documentary asks the questions few dare to ask. "Did Jesus even exist?" is just the beginning for The God Who Wasn't There. Your guide through the world of Christendom is former fundamentalist Brian Flemming, joined by such luminaries as Jesus Seminar fellow Robert M. Price, author Sam Harris and historian Richard Carrier. In addition to the film, which won the Best Documentary award at the 2005 Grassroots Cinema Film Festival, this feature-packed DVD includes: -Special commentary tracks with Richard Dawkins and Earl Doherty -Over one hour of compelling additional interview footage -An in-depth Web-enabled slide show -Music from the soundtrack -Bios of all participants This provocative DVD takes off the gloves and gives religion an unprecedented, no-holds-barred examination. So hold on to your faith. It's in for a bumpy ride.
From Amazon.com An epic in length and breadth, this documentary aims at nothing less than a full-scale portrait of the most dominant institution on the planet Earth in our lifetime--a phenomenon all the more remarkable, if not downright frightening, when you consider that the corporation as we know it has been around for only about 150 years. It used to be that corporations were, by definition, short-lived and finite in agenda. If a town needed a bridge built, a corporation was set up to finance and complete the project; when the bridge was an accomplished fact, the corporation ceased to be. Then came the 19th-century robber barons, and the courts were prevailed upon to define corporations not as get-the-job-done mechanisms but as persons under the 14th Amendment with full civil rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (i.e., power and profit)--ad infinitum.--Richard T. Jameson