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Corporations, democracy and problem solving
Progressives seem positive that democracy is the answer under all conditions. Polibius, Greek historian 150 bc, wrote in his histories that the form of government should fit the problems faced by society. If a problem is internal various factions will emerge. This is good because it provides a structure around which dialogue and conversation can form and arguments can move towards conclusions. But if the problem is an external threat, and those days usually meant war, the society should be integrated into a single actionable plan, and thus a centralized government is preferred. There were timesin Rome when the people voted to shift the form of government from democratic to authoritarian and then voted democracy back.
Those same progressives, including people like us, tend to be quite hostile to corporations. Yet the corporate form has some advantages that might work well in Climate Change. In a well functioning corporation . all managers at all levels knew well understood routine ; if there is a problem of any level the problem should be solved at that level and only movedhigher when the solutions fail and more resources are needed. Society today does not function like this, but ignores the problems like the extreme pain of the poor. A problem gets immediate attention, and the solution would be demanded all the way to the top if necessary.
To deal with climate change, we need a powerful regime organized around serious problem-solving. The corporate form might be the best chance we have of organizing at the problem-solving level, otherwise we will fight for resources and bicker.
We need authoritarian at the top for coherence and democracy at the bottom for experiments.