Did you never play Top Trumps? I'll see your scumbag level 8 and counter it with a 9. Also it's a good idea to have blackmail leverage on people. I don't mean really manipulative stuff but when the social wheels get stuck, remind IBM they have a bad human rights record. But on the whole corruption is relatively down.But that's all history now. History (good or bad) make us better now...
One can't just live his whole life based upon bad experiences in the past, and worse, use the past as excuse for stuff in the present
Learn, forget, and move on
In regard to Linux, you would want to know why certain vendors are binary blobbies. Now... It's probable they stole some military tech and will get into trouble. So Nvidia for instance always bullying penguins? Well it might be a good idea to motivate them into making again whatever they possibly hijacked, then they save face by looking more legit. That's in their interest. But by default corps serve shareholders by route of least effort. Sometimes they want a guilt trip.