One CEO, who upon hearing of a fanatical religious group that committed mass suicide at their leader's command. said "now that's the kind of loyalty and commitment I was talking about!" That same executive, on his better days, wanted to give the impression of openness and inclusion, but not actually give it. This ambivalence breeds unions formed for collective bargaining power and battle lines are drawn between "them" and "us". Upper management demands higher and higher salaries and workers historically used their collective power to give their senior members, not unlike the leaders on the top of the management pyramid, a greater share of the war spoils. Soon jobs which can be shipped overseas to satisfy owner and stockholder demands for greater profits are relocated while those that can't be exported become the new battle ground for another round of false impressions, political jockeying, labor and management demands for concessions and a continuing spiral of manipulation and greed accompanied by accusations and denials. The players forget they are on the same ship and that the ship can sink.
New paradigms that depended on past rebellions become entrenched and die a slow death to the newer rebellion. "My cancer riddled prostate died a slow death to the surgeon's knife and then I discovered Proton Therapy and that I didn't need to choose between incontinence or sexual dysfunction," said the loser in the ever changing battle between the status quo and the change that accelerates itself through shared governance.
In time, with the invention of synthetic rope, hemp rope went out of style. The pipe and baggies never did, but Kulambaja's business was transformed as governments put in place protective restrictions and tariffs called "drug laws" designed to keep Kulambaja's small, but thriving business from making a profit. Over time, heavily invested in oil from which synthetic rope was made for a fraction of the cost of the harvested hemp crop, the competition had killed one of Kulambaja's income streams.
Kulambaja's family joined the resistance to Mumbaba and started making wooden bowls from distant African hardwoods in their own little family owned production line to differentiate their bowls from those of Mumbaba. This made King Mumbaba even more angry and oppressive so he rounded up Kulambaja's family, caged them and sold as slaves to the Portugese. Elimination of competition is the hallmark of every tyrant.
He said "I think they are. They are now connected to the rest of the world and they have seen what they missed sitting at the foot of the Pharaoh's pyramid," said Placebois. "Noam Chomsky has spoken of America's ignorance of conditions that average citizens in Arab states have had to endure as a result of our backing tyrranical dictators. This information has been repressed in America at least since Eisenhower's adminstration. But those at the top will be divided increasingly between those who believe that shared governance is ordained by our creator and those who prefer to imprison others. Evil is ubiquitous, but it has within it the seeds of its own destruction," Placebois cointinued. "You know from your own experiences that the 2000 U.S. Presidential election should have been totally recast so that the power of shared governance remained with the people and not with any other authority, regardless of the winner," said Placebois defiantly. "You are seeing this desire played out in the Middle East among people who are much more like your founders than you are," he concluded.