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The Yes Men Fix The World One Prank at a Time

In their new HBO documentary The Yes Men Fix the World, the eponymous pranksters take aim at unapologetic free market profiteers. Yes Men Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum articulate their agenda concisely: "What we do is pass ourselves off as representatives of big corporations we don't like." It doesn't take the full measure of the duo's abundant wit to expose the unfettered greed of the corporate executives. At a conference on international finance, Bonanno poses as a spokesman for Dow Chemical (the company responsible for the largest industrial disaster in history, which left 5,000 dead and 100,000 sick in Bhopal, India following a pesticide plant explosion). To enthusiastic applause, Bonanno introduces the fictional "Acceptable Risk Project," a model to enable organizations to calculate whether the human toll of a business enterprise is worth the potential profit. Following the presentation,...

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