I'm going to date myself here and recall a novel titled GLADIATOR-AT-LAW, written by Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth and published in the late 1950s. Pohl and Kornbluth were quietly but remarkably prescient; this particular novel described a future where nations as we presently know them did not exist. Corporations --- that would be big business to you --- had basically taken over government functions and served as nation-states. There is much more to this fine novel, and after you read Joseph Finder's PARANOIA you should check it out. The reason is that PARANOIA is, in several ways, what Pohl and Kornbluth saw coming.
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