The centralized, one-corporation economy is what’s new. In the past, there was competition. Everything was not run by central planners of big corporations.
Dyson’s words were used to imply that people who think for themselves and do not check with some central host for permission are acting like viruses. It’s pretty sad to hear that the free flow of people, capital, and information is something that’s scary and bad.
Now apply the same idea to the internal runnings of corporations. How many out there are really asked and encouraged to think about thier position in the company and the actions they preform? Not many I bet. I wonder the improvements in buisness that could arise from a little more decentralization, lots of small autonomous groups all communicating via stardards. Think the ture iBuisness.