A useful starting point in thinking about human history since the decline of feudalism is to see it as a struggle between market values and social values over which human beings will shape the material well-being of others. The human actors in this drama are increasingly large corporations and huge governments. The motivations prodding humans in these 2 sources of power are complex, but we are not too far awry when we see corporate actors as motivated by profits and government actors incentivized by a confusing mixture of personal gain guided by the decisions of an electorate or, in the case of a sleeping or relatively powerless electorate, by the surrogates of the corporations that government is supposedly struggling with.
In short, 2 separate, competing forces unify when democracy becomes a hollow shell, hiding domination by a profit-driven coalition (Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders both call it a “cartel”.) of (1) large corporations and (2)politicians and bureaucrats. Democracy transmogrifies into Corporatocracy.
To stimulate your thinking about this unification and its anti-social implications, take a look at Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson’s argument that, in his words, “We Are the Death Merchants of the World.” The privatization of war is the ultimate triumph of market values.
Referring to the visual image at the beginning of this post, the nature of the link is an open question. The link between governments and corporations has existed since the inception of the corporate form. But the key question is: who controls the direction the link takes. There is no mandate that the link must be shaped by greed and egotism.