Why non-corporate?

Here are some of the things that the corporate sector does:

  • makes all our towns look the same
  • sucks money out of our communities to pay its shareholders
  • avoids taxes, which means that the rest of us have to pay more
  • employs sweatshop labour
  • campaigns against environmental legislation
  • squeezes small farmers
  • corrupts our political system with donations, lobbyists and jobs for politicians
  • bombards us with advertising
  • steals our online data
  • concentrates wealth in very few hands
  • promotes unhealthy food
  • promotes materialism
  • makes life more impersonal, preventing contact with humans who care
  • crashes the economy by packaging bad investments and giving them triple A ratings
  • takes our tax money to bail itself out and pay huge bonuses
  • spreads biased and superficial news via its media
  • damages nature
  • promotes war by selling weapons to both sides in global conflicts
  • uses zero hours contracts

And I’m sure you can think of many more ways that it harms us. The only way to fight back as an individual is by not giving the corporate sector your money.


In the non-corporate sector, on the other hand:

  • money stays within local communities – it’s not siphoned off to pay corporate shareholders
  • we employ ourselves, either individually or co-operatively – there’s no exploitation, because workers would be exploiting themselves
  • there’s no scope for making money from other people’s work
  • homes are owned by the people who live in them – either individually or collectively
  • homes exist to house people, not as investments or to rent to other people
  • no businesses are ‘too big to fail’ and won’t require taxpayers’ money to bail them out
  • work is much more meaningful, satisfying and interesting
  • you can talk to real people and get personal attention
  • towns regain their character – businesses, products and services are often traditional and unique to the local area
  • supply chains are shortened and don’t involve sweatshops or environmentally-damaging materials
  • communities are strengthened and become safer, friendlier and more interesting