Large corporations are a parentheses in human history. They appear during periods of empire and enable rich men to get richer while they hold out the deceitfulness of riches to young, ambitious men. The US empire is both military and economic. The latter – the economic empire – is the more-powerful force established by the threat of the former -the military empire – which peer empires and 4th Generation forces are discovering is a paper tiger. We haven’t defeated any enemies since 1945. The growth of the FAANGs is probably the last gasp of our economic empire and it’s benefited only a small set of people. It has impoverished the rest of us in ways we’re still discovering. Happily, every epoch in human history has a beginning, a middle, and an end.