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I was keeping it in the context of this discussion

That's why I didn't elaborate on the multiple types of corporations. Two of the three types of corporation (the S and C) are profit driven only. They have tax advantages and clout in legal dealings that the other types of businesses don't have built in. The third type of corporation (the B type - or Benefit Corp) is triple bottom line, meaning they cannot be sued for placing environmental or people concern above profit. I stated this earlier in one of my comments you must not have read.

Sole Proprietorships, LLC, LLP and LLLP types are all not a corporation. They are better fit into the 'company' label (as in Limited Liability COMPANY). They do not consider the business as a wholely separate entity from the people behind it. They each have their share of tax differences (which has it's own set of issues) but they treat the owner(s) as the accountable entity for the business. And even some of them limit that person(s)' liability in certain cases.

For me, the single biggest factor in which are good for society and which are bad is the unintended resulting structure for how they are funded. My reasoning is that when the state-mandated company organization requirements get so heavy that they cause the general overhead of a new startup to soar, that effectively and indirectly mandates that institutional investment is required. It's this institutional investment that I'm against. That is where the control comes in. (The B-Corp is an attempt to fight this. That jury is still out.)

To be clear, I'm not saying it's overt. I'm not even saying that many corporations even realize it's going on. They may be influenced without even knowing it and they may even be benefiting from de-facto oligopolies without even knowing it.

Take the solar industry. In order to get the good projects, one must be certified. When incorporating, one is summarily forced to certify as well. But in certifying, one compromises on the possibilities of doing something groundbreaking and new. They also compromise on union work restrictions. Thus, a perfectly good new idea, sold for a less costly price is summarily killed off. Welcome to my world. (And don't give me that whole 'gotta certify and use unions to help Amurika' BS. This isn't about wages or safety.)

The same thing goes on in every other industry that I've studied. Oil drillers have exemptions and tax breaks once they buy into the system. The cosmetic industry has their share of blessed actions that should not be legal but are because they're government certified. Even hair-dressers live in the give and take world.

THIS is the real world. It's the one where a large outside influence can run entire industries with a few government sanctioned get out of jail free cards by the passing out of certifications and corporate status.

Did you know that the restaurant industry itself lobbied and got passed a law stipulating that every food industry entity must have a 3 bay stainless steel sink for washing dishes, regardless of whether they need it or not, no exceptions. In other words, absolutely no home cook anywhere in the country can legally sell a few loafs of bread or some breakfast burritos to their friends without the fear of being turned in. Did the mom&pop businesses or even the mom&pop corporations push for this? No, but they live under those rules. Millions of other examples abound. Welcome to Amurika.