July 19th, 2004

thoughtful

Political systems

So according to Mussolini fascism is the union of the state and business interests. Theocracy is generally defined as the union of religion and the state.

So what's it called when you unify all three?

I mean besides the current Bush administration.

Also I just finished snow crash and I'm curious as Stephenson is a libertarian. Both snow crash and the diamond age take place in a world where national governments have collapsed and are replaced with an interlocking series of business franchises (snow crash) or a tribal/business entities (diamond age). However those societies seem pretty unpleasant places to live.