The Charity Of The One Percent
Dave Killion — September 21, 2012
Here are a dozen of the world’s most wealthy and influential philanthropists. When you consider that every dollar they got came from people who felt they were getting more value in exchange than they gave up, their collective net worth of $120 billion (+/-) is a testament to the contribution they have made to humanity. As if that weren’t enough (and in a decent, rational world, it would be), they have given or pledged tens of billions of dollars to charitable causes.
And yet, I suspect that there is a large class of people for whom this generosity makes no difference. In their eyes, the only money that ‘counts’ is the money that is taken from the wealthy against their will. Because for that certain class of people, it’s not enough that the poor should be elevated, but the rich must also be humbled. The rich must be hurt, so that they suffer. They must be punished for their lives of ease, comfort, and privilege. And worst of all, those who are driven by envy and prejudice to lobby for stripping so much wealth from the rich don’t even recognize their own motivations. They think they are kind and noble, and doing good work. And they will never, never, never stop.
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