On the Profit Motive

I get a chuckle out of those who lament the profit motive of business. Businesses only make profits one way: satisfying customers. Without the profit motive, businesses would not be interested in what customers demand, ie. low prices, high quality, et cetera. What would be the result if businesses could make profits without satisfying customers? Would their products and processes be safer? Would their prices be lower? I’m skeptical. And that’s today’s two cents.


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Founder and editor of Everything-Voluntary.com and UnschoolingDads.com, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.