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  •  and actually, that's not exactly right (1+ / 0-)
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    there have been serious multinationals since at least the 19th century.

    •  East India Company (3+ / 0-)
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      Inky, vivacia, Neon Vincent

      Thom Hartmann in Unequal Protection makes a good case for the idea that the East India Company ( formed in 1600) was the first multinational corporation, and that the American Revolution had a great deal to do with preventing its domination of the colonies.  Buckminster Fuller felt that pirate fleets actually bankrolled many royal families and were de facto multinational military/trading/financial empires in the 1500's, with corporate entities like East India simply formalizing their approach.  Others make a strong case that the Knights Templar in the 13th century set the model.  Seaborn trade between China, India, and the Arabian peninsula was quite multinational as a system, as was the entire land-based Silk Route, dating to prehistory.

      We could as easily set aside the whole subject of fascism and talk about piracy instead, which might be just as productive and a lot more fun.  Bush would love to play Johnny Depp.  

      As Major Danby rightly says, belaboring definitions smacks of sophistry.  I would prefer to see some charts and graphs pretty soon, real data.  Where's the powerpoint?

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