zaibatsu

“Imagine an alien, Fox once said, who’s come here to identify the planet’s dominant form of intelligence. The alien has a look, then chooses. What do you think he picks? I probably shrugged. The zaibatsus, Fox said, the multinationals. The blood of a zaibatsu is information, not people. The structure is independent of the individual lives that comprise it. Corporation as life form.” — William Gibson, “New Rose Hotel”

Although jurisdictions are administered by governments, true power lies in the hands of the zaibatsu. Unlike governments, the zaibatsu are not limited by jurisdiction; the warm, insistent pulse of trade transcends law, language and ideological position.

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