Context : OnCorporations
Another view of corporations.
Corporations work within the social body. Sometimes they play a role as a useful organ. But sometimes they are malign. They focus on their own growth and success while damaging the tissue of the society they are hosted in. Gradually they are killing the healthy social fabric.
Typically this happens when they are concentrating on growing. To grow succesfully, the corporation must abandon many of it's connections with the community, abstract itself away from it's socially useful role, and disgard responsibilities to the rest of the social fabric. It must put all it's energy into reproducing copies of it's variant DNA, pushing them out to more distant, alien cultures, far from the culture it was born in, and where it's actions are explicable.