Sure, corporations squish the little guy. Sure, they squeeze customers for everything they can and can have a bad affect on our morals, ethics and spirit (not in a religious way), but the fact of the matter is that we would not have half the technology we have today if corporations did not exist. The funding and motive just would not be there. And in the long run, technology is the ONLY thing that can improve our standard of living. Think about it…
What is money?
Money is a representation of a person’s ability to produce within the economy. Say you have too much meat but not enough wood. Without currency, you can only get wood from somebody who needs meat. But with a currency, you can get wood from anybody who has it and wants your money. So money represents an individuals ability to produce.
Now there is obviously a value that represents the total amount of production in an economy, so in the same way, there is a limit on the value of production an economy can have. This means that, in terms of purchasing power, there is also a finite limit, so there is a finite limit to money.
The way this amount is distributed can be changed (google the lorenz curve), but ultimately you can only ever play around with the same amount of productive value.
Technology, however, has the ability to increase purchasing power. When some kind of production takes up less value, you can of course afford more of it. Like the manufacturing of clothes becoming cheaper because machinery can be used to make them. This means that your purchasing power, no matter how equally or unequally it is distributed, has improved.
Where would we be?
In the UK in the early 20th century a socialist revolution was occurring where a man named Roundtree was raising awareness of the poverty levels of people living in England. Obviously the wealth distribution was very unequal but he estimated around 50% of people living in the UK were eating less than 1 meal a day. This was just before the industrial revolution (the start of big corporations). Compare that to modern day absolute poverty levels, then try and argue against corporations.
Yes, I agree some things are bad, but, as with almost anything, the solution is not to completely remove it but to modify it.