Trust in Nations and Companies

From my 2002 notes of the Becoming Human conference at Stanford:

In the Soviet Union, everyone believed in an unjust society, so you’d better take advantage of that or you’ll be left behind. In the U.S., society is based on trust, so you can’t have cheating because it breaks down the trust.

Reminds me of different ways to run companies today: trust the employees or not? If you don’t, they’ll know it and try to pillage the company quickly before everyone else does. Treat them well and they’ll self-police (like Ricardo Semler in Brazil)