R.K.: Okay, I need to do a station ID..."
R.K.: So I have a question for you. Has corporate culture affected religion, or conversely, have religions affected and maybe even led to corporate culture?
J.B.: That's a VERY complicated question and I am not an expert on it, but I will say that there is no question that the corporate institution comes out of industrialization which relates back to a particular sort of classical liberal set of political ideas which many people have linked to Protestantism.
You know, I don't think it's a coincidence that the corporation as we know it today emerges in Europe at a particular time and in a particular religious context. The corporation, as we know it in the United States and in Canada, is very much rooted in the British corporation which in turn comes out this Protestant culture. The corporations that came out of continental Europe, of Catholic countries, were quite different and operated in accordance with different principles, at least historically.
R.K.: Where are the aspects of the Protestant culture that you're referring to?
J.B.: The individualism in particular is what" and, again, it's drawing on the work of others that I have seen. I haven't done this work myself, but the kind of the individualism, the work ethos of the individual, the sense that the individual is separate from communal attachments which of course plays out differently in Catholicism, plays out differently in Islam and Judaism.
So people have done that work and made that link and I think that there are some ways in which the current sort of Tea Party driven politics in the United States combined with the religious fundamentalism, combined with this sense of radical individualism of a particular kind and of deregulation and privatization in getting the state out of people's face, and all of this stuff. I think there are connections there and people have talked about them and perhaps connections not dissimilar to those that existed between earlier versions of Protestantism in England and the rise of the corporation.
R.K.: Okay, now are there differences between the US and Canada in terms of corporate psychopathic behavior and are their any nations where solid restraints are working?
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