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So we have huge corporations rampaging over the Earth and - no one is in charge?

No wonder there are problems.

Although in fact many of the more aggressive and pernicious corporations are run as personal kingdoms. You don't need to know what the foot soldiers had for dinner to run an empire - you only need them to charge when you order them to. So the required information density can be quite low.

The core issue is really one of values. The battle is between democratic, pluralistic communitarianism, and oligarchical narcissistic quasi-monarchic self-aggrandisement.

There's no reason why you can't have a democratic, pluralistic and communitarian business collective. It's not a difficult thing to organise.

But the problem at the moment is the moral lockdown on the idea that this is a good thing to aim for. Narrative space is so poisoned with narcissistic individualism that it's like dealing with a culture of solipsistic sleep walkers, all of whom believe that reality doesn't apply to them - and that success is defined by the ability to impose reality on other people, rather than by allowing a rational consensus balanced by adventure to emerge.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon May 24th, 2010 at 08:15:44 PM EST
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