One of the last Gilbert and Sullivan comedic operas staged in London, Utopia Limited, satirized various aspects of Victorian life. Its chief target was the increasing domination of the joint-stock limited-liability company as a form of economic and social organization. This modern form of the company, which helped to unleash capitalism’s prodigious wealth-creation potential, was thought to be so successful that it might be imitated everywhere. Indeed, some even envisioned it replacing antiquated forms of political and social organization, such as government and the family. Consider a brief excerpt:
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Something to Consider
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