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Things change.  Witness the Dutch East India Company and East India Company.  Both of which were nasty little buggers "in their day."

I agree consumers, as such, are not the driving force.  Change will happen when the "Creative Class" (however one cares to define it) begins to grab a significant share of a country's GDP and the large corporations have to adjust or die.  

Granted, at the moment it's all in its infancy.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Jan 29th, 2013 at 08:40:19 PM EST
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The East India Company was nationalised and turned into the Indian division of the Empire. Basically an informal arrangement between the aristos + 'investors' and the UK government was made official policy.

The Dutch East India Company was a direct predecessor of Shell and the other petro giants.

So neither of those are good examples.

Even if individual corporations die, their political influence lives on in the culture.

Corporate 'philosophy' and values are the single biggest influence on Western culture today. There's a bit of art and science going around the edges, but everyone else is busy buying and selling themselves and each other, competing, maximising their own value, and using 'It's just business' as an excuse for exploitation and thievery.

I suspect a moral attack would be more successful than a political one. It's not just that buying and selling are fundamentally dull and stupid, it's that the 'values' not only destroy the environment and blight individual billions of individual lives - and worse, they also destroy the collective intelligence humans need to think like an intelligent species with long-term goals.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Jan 30th, 2013 at 06:38:31 AM EST
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