This is a complex topic. I only touch on it in ‘Paradise’, simply because such complexity would distract from the narrative. It is also a subject easily confused by conspiracy theories. The book Dark Money by journalist Jane Mayer is an accurate and thorough examination of how the elites manipulate public policy. It examines the network set up by the infamous US based Koch brothers, but similar networks exist in other economies. There is no one great conspiracy, but rather a complex of competing conspiracies. Corporations already attack each other through aggressive takeovers, legislative traps (aided by compliant politicians controlled by lobbyists) and corporate espionage. It is not hard to imagine a near future in which these networks resort to violence using privatised militia. This is the world of ‘Paradise’.