A story trended on Medium not too long ago. How to think like Jeff Bezos. The writer put together a series of not unreasonable tips about how to become wildly successful.

People flocked to the story, chasing a dream.

But the writer didn’t mention, and very few people brought it up in comments, that the vast majority of Jeff Bezos’s employees are miserable. They’re stressed to the teeth, suffer health problems caused by their work, make remarkably little money, and get severely punished for trying to organize for collective bargaining.

Jeff Bezoss Amazon is, to say the least, wildly profitable.

They do so much business and their margins are so good that they could pay far better and offer far better working conditions while barely denting their profits.

They don’t because of this billionaire mentality you speak of. It’s toxic, it’s hurting all of us, and it’s causing the rise of populists like Donald Trump.

I think we all need to do a little better to think a lot less like Jeff Bezos and other members of his billionaire club.

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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