It's better than that. He said government *or* corporate. So if you're working on Debian while employed by anybody, or a student, or faculty, or employed by any state in any capacity whatsoever, or unemployed and on benefits, or as far as I can tell anything other than living off inherited wealth while explicitly declining all government benefits, you are yourself a sign of Debian's innate decay.
(I don't entirely understand how Debian differs in this respect from RH, or Ubuntu, or Windows, or indeed almost any other human endeavour ever. I suppose if you work on Debian while working for a cartoon supervillain you might be safe, since they rarely bother to set up corporations.)