Business, by its very DNA, is amoral, un-national, and un-ideological. No matter the innate beliefs of the people who make up its structure, the organization gravitates to maximizing value for those who control its resources and ultimate decisions. What is good for business then, is not necessarily congruent with the good of nations and their peoples or even rulers.

The tension in balancing the needs of business interests against such concerns as national security, political stability, and social cohesion is rooted in the fact that economic health — at least for nations not relying on direct plunder of the productive classes for their income — require prosperous business to support their citizenries’ livelihoods. Incentives and laws that temper businessmen’s behavior work to an extent, but because wealth brings power, their effectiveness is always tempered. Thus capitalism, as we now call it, contains the seeds of its destruction, as much as all economic systems that Homo sapiens have tried to date.