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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

The Problem with Corporations

Corporate guy out of gas

A lot of people think I’m anti-corporation. I am not.

I don’t think corporations are innately bad or evil. Corporations—large ones in particular—are inherently problematic, though, because their primary objective is, by definition, to make money.

There’s nothing wrong with bringing in revenue—I’m certainly not allergic to earning an income—but when it’s the central focus, which it has to be for a large corporation, then the wrong lines tend to get real blurry real quick as the bosses’ collective feet are held to the blue flames.

I’ve seen it too many times, where an upstanding, respectable person will ignore his values and bend his ethics to the breaking point, exhausting his moral gas tank till the needle’s resting on E, just to aid the bottom line. (I know, because I did it myself in my corporate days of yesteryear; that’s why I left.)

But bending one’s beliefs in the name of profit or capitalism is not celebrating the true nature of capitalism at all.

A small business or individual, however, can earn money while their main focus is on something more rewarding, be it creating, innovating, growing, contributing, pursuing a passion, etc. Ergo, I’m wary of corporations, but I’m heartily supportive of the people who work for them to feed their families.