Also, I'd argue that if a company ever got to this position then for all intents and purposes it is the de facto
State. A monopoly over everything
(or at least everything important to keeping society going, eg food, water, medication, power) combined with the political, social and militaristic influence required to maintain that would have to make the company the most powerful authority going.
It wouldn't become something Communist, Midnight, but rather the opposite - it would only work if it turned into some kind of fascist dictatorship. Long term it'll become either a Shinra Inc
situation where the system caves in on its own incompetence and corruption, or the for-profit mode of governance would lead to rebellion against you or, less likely, we end up in a 1984
type universe but where the Party is replaced by Buy 'n' Large
edited 5th Jun '12 2:51:16 AM by TheBatPencil