Joel In the Media

Twitter’s Content Rules Are Arbitrary and Global: This Case Can Bring Reform

Ours is the story of a powerful tech giant’s arbitrary suppression of an independent artist and thinker’s right to free expression, and the legal battle to overturn it. Written by Joel Bakan and Sujit Choudry.

McKinsey’s role in opioid scandal happened under a boss who led the charge for stakeholder capitalism. Now he’s our ambassador to China

McKinsey & Company, an elite global consulting firm, recently agreed to pay $573 million (U.S.) to settle investigations into the role it played in “turbocharging” opioid sales. Any corner drug dealer will tell you that getting people hooked on drugs boosts sales and profits.

Boeing 737 Max crashes were not isolated events. They’re the result of deregulation

Corporate disasters connected to deregulation and undue reliance on self-regulation are depressingly frequent

If the good-cause capitalism of the ‘benefit corporation’ sounds too good to be true, that’s because it is

Canada’s top pension funds recently called for stronger disclosure from corporations about their performance on environmental, social and governance issues (ESG). The call is part of a larger push by business groups towards “stakeholder capitalism,” a term coined by economist Klaus Schwab to describe a system where corporations respect and promote the interests of all whom their actions affect.

Threat of U.S. election chaos a terrifying reminder Big Tech should not be entrusted to uphold democracy

The U.S. government’s lawsuit against Google LLC for allegedly cajoling browser makers, wireless carriers and smartphone makers to promote its search engine is the biggest antitrust case in decades. Yet Alphabet Inc.’s stock price was up on news of the lawsuit, hardly an indication of investor worry. Investors know that even if Google loses the case, it will suffer little.

Massey College – The New Corporation Virtual Book Launch

Author and film-maker Joel Bakan joins Massey College Principal Nathalie Des Rosiers for a conversation with Junior Fellow Anna Wong and David Schneiderman, from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, to discuss Bakan’s The New Corporation: How “Good” Corporations Are Bad for Democracy.

Review of The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel

Filmmakers Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott deliver a blisteringly paced and sporadically fascinating documentary that boasts a number of eye-opening facts and revelations, and it’s clear, certainly, that Bakan and Abbott succeed in pointing out the problems inherent in allowing corporations to hold so much power and influence – with, for example, the growing lack of regulations and oversight on conglomerates essentially paving the way for a myriad of recent disasters (eg the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill).