People, Profit, and False Dichotomies


All too often, people look at the world as if everything is a zero sum game. I’ve been seeing this in arguments against GMOs often, when people focus on the corporation as some monolithic evil, while attacking the technology.

Today’s note was “I just have the feeling that those biotech companies aren’t necessarily into helping poor people but into making profit.”

Well sure. Every company is out for profit. That’s how companies survive. They can, however, do both. It’s not always one or the other. Technologies created for profit very often have far reaching positive effects in the world.

Consider that war is the largest driver of technological advances in history. Many of those advances have been applied to modern medical practices, conveniences, and even life extending cultural changes.

Apple is a massive corporation that is involved in countless humanitarian activities. The Bill Gates Foundation is the same, stemming from Microsoft’s success.

All businesses are in it for profit, but not all profitable businesses are inherently bad. We need to set aside blind ideologies and look at everything as a spectrum, instead of the black and white “party line” stances that people tend to follow.

Besides, if they were truly that against all things “large corporation,” then they wouldn’t dare use Facebook to tell people about it, now would they?

Contributor: Robert Sacerich

Robert is a Philosophy of Science and Bioethics student, as well as blogger and science advocate/activist. He has worked extensively within the secular community for various secular nonprofit organizations and public communication causes.

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  1. Pingback: People, Profit, and False Dichotomies | Occupy Wall Street by Platlee

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