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"It has been frequently noted that many corporations exceed nation states in GDP. It has been less frequently noted that some also exceed them in population (employees).

But it is odd that the comparison hasn't been taken further. Since so many live in the state of the corporation, let us take the comparison seriously and ask the following question. What kind of states are giant corporations?

In comparing countries, after the easy observations of population size and GDP, it is usual to compare the system of government, the major power groupings and the civic freedoms available to their populations.

The corporation as a nation state has the following properties:

* Suffrage (the right to vote) does not exist except for land holders ("share holders") and even there voting power is in proportion to land ownership.
* All executive power flows from a central committee. Female representation is almost unknown.
* There is no division of powers. There is no fourth estate. There are no juries and innocence is not presumed.
* Failure to submit to any order can result in instant exile.
* There is no freedom of speech. There is no right of association. Love is forbidden without state approval.
* The economy is centrally planned.
* There is pervasive surveillance of movement and electronic communication.
* The society is heavily regulated and this regulation is enforced, to the degree many employees are told when, where and how many times a day they can go to the toilet.
* There is almost no transparency and something like the FOIA is unimaginable.
* The state has one party. Opposition groups (unions) are banned, surveilled or marginalized whenever and wherever possible.

[...] If small business and non-profits are eliminated from the US, then what's left? Some kind of federation of Communist states.

A United Soviet of America."
--Julian A., 2007
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Some very slick editing. I LOL'd!
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Good article. There've been quite a few of those lately, from Forbes of all places.
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I like this idea quite a lot.
write your own script...
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A very nice reference (compiled back around 2002 or 2003, for people wondering why Firefly got shut out). I assume the black background represents the Death Star.
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p.much!
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The fact that every news agency in the world is not screaming their heads off about this story right now speaks many damning volumes about our media's priorities. Well. 'our'.

"Maybe there’s a legitimate law enforcement reason to strip a man naked, strap him to a chair, tie a “spit hood” around his mouth, put a hood over his head (see video at the link), and douse him with pepper spray until he dies. That’s what sheriff’s deputies in Lee County, Florida did to 62-year-old Nick Christie two-and-a-half years ago.

I certainly can’t think of any such legitimate reason. But Lee County State’s Attorney Stephen Russell apparently can. Because he cleared the deputies involved of any wrongdoing."

Some pretty good comments over at http://boingboing.net/2012/01/02/florida-deputies-cleared-of-wr.html too.
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Via +fidel gonzalez , the proverbial Glass of Water through the lens of the software/gaming industry. http://i.imgur.com/zjhkS.png
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