Or how to rationalize large businesses.
This is a concept that helps to reason about things that clash with standard notion of property rights, private vs public and sovereignty.
When you have businesses that affect a large number of people, the lines between public and private start to blur.
When you have businesses that span multiple countries (multi-nationals) the lines between businesses and governments start to blur.
Effectively what a government is, can be defined to some degree, as a very large company with a peculiar method for hiring management.
|||Workers are instead hired in a similar (although not identical) way as the private sector.|
It is a tendency of the service to adhere to protocols, conventions, rules that are only valid within the domain of the service itself
A tendency to favor internal connections over external ones
A tendency to isolation (walled garden)
As services grows, their platformity grows with them. Make no mistake, these properties are often times bad, and are to be considered liabilities.
When you put all these concepts together you probably end up more confused than before. Are very large business governments, or a governments very large businesses?
Of course, VLBs don't have the actual powers that a government has, but within their domains of agency there will be equivalents to legislation, enforcement and judgement, and yet they are managed like private businesses.
According to the "we live on the same rock" model of thinking, no business should grow to such extent that can exert control in ways that were not meant to be . Such that small actions by a very small group of people, affect another disproportionately larger one.
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Despite the fact that we know our limits, we let organizations that we build, grow indefinitely in size. There is some tragic dissonance among this status quo that is hard to accept.
Maybe in the future, someone will understand that bigger is not better...at least when talking about how we structure our societies.