Walter J. Blum

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"Famous Last Words"

MARCH 01, 1958 by WALTER J. BLUM

The following article is an experimental exception to Foundation policy against the use of satire for educational purposes. "I wrote it for my own entertainment," says the author. But perhaps it may encourage business managers and stockholders to re-examine some of the modern innovations of corporate practice.

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For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited out social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
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