Note: In 2021 great companies are human software AI cyborgs. As in the Industrial Revolution mechanical machines made fortunes, now in during the Information Revolution "thinking" but not reasoning? machines rake in cash.
Mijn colleague Björn Kijl recommended: Sir John Glubb: Fate of Empires and Search for Survival a 26 page read http://people.uncw.edu/kozloffm/glubb.pdf?
To put it too? bluntly, the thought that came to mind this morning after I read it yesterday is basically: P*ssies get f*cked (or as Schumpeter put it "creatively destroyed" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_destruction )
but also the conclusion: "the noblest and most spiritual of the devotees of all religions seem to reach the conclusion that love is the key to human life. Any expansion of our knowledge which may lead to a reduction in our unjustified hates is therefore surely well worth while."
This brings to mind Frank Slootman now CEO at Snowflake (the most successful Dutch-born businessperson alive?) who left the The Netherlands and became an American, because of culture: The American Dream.
He says: "We are not the Peace Corp, we are the Marine Corps" -> https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/amp-up-frank-slootman/