Famously, Google's founding motto was "Don't be evil."

Imagine, if you will, a corporation called FooTec that, while like Google in interests, capabilities, and assets, has chosen a different path. FooTec, having reached the top of the corporate food chain by grudgingly following the rules (and occasionally breaking them within the accepted bounds of tolerance), has decided to "go evil." Specifically, the board has decided that they want to drop all pretenses of morality, idealism, social responsibility etc... and that they will instead seek to obtain as much wealth and power as they can. I'm not merely talking cut-throat business practices... I'm talking overt insurrection against the ruling government and social order for the purpose of taking over all means of production and authority. They want it all, and they are willing to go "all in," leveraging their accumulated wealth and knowledge to get it.

Assume the time and setting is present day America. What are some likely scenarios for FooTec's coup? Where would they start? Could they win? How could they be stopped?

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  • $\begingroup$ Make medecine, and "invent" new diseases to be cured by this medecine $\endgroup$ – vodolaz095 Oct 29 '16 at 7:12
  • $\begingroup$ They would probably start by throwing their wealth behind running for president...then legislate their actions as 'their way or the highway'. $\endgroup$ – EveryBitHelps Oct 29 '16 at 8:11
  • $\begingroup$ Look to history, recent examples, and Bond villains. $\endgroup$ – JDługosz Oct 29 '16 at 8:54
  • $\begingroup$ I'm sure it'll depend on what FooTec actually did when it was legitimate. Was it a tech company like Google? Or was it a pharmaceutical company? The actual strengths and capabilities of FooTec at the time it goes rogue will define how it goes rogue. $\endgroup$ – Roddy of the Frozen Peas Oct 29 '16 at 12:58
  • $\begingroup$ I suppose I don't understand why this question was put on hold for being opinion based... there are several other questions like this with an open yet clearly scoped question. Oh well. Thanks at least to those who did comment. The ways of stack exchange still mystify me I suppose. $\endgroup$ – Trekkie Oct 29 '16 at 19:24