A few facts explain why corporations may even supersede governments and religions when it comes to providing the economic - and in some cases social - tools and services necessary to survive in the 21st century:
• Fifty-two of the 100 biggest economies in the world are now corporations.
• The 100 largest multinational corporations, such as GE, DuPont, Hewlett Packard, Home Depot, and Wal-Mart, now control about 28 percent of global foreign assets.
• Three hundred multinational corporations now account for 25 percent of the world's total assets.
• The annual sales revenue of each of the six largest multinational corporations now exceeds the GDPs of all but 21 countries in the world.
Don't you look forward to a world where all our social needs are met by Wal-Mart and DuPont? Makes you feel all fuzzy inside.
(hat tip to Mrs. T)