Ms. Dennis is the CEO of the Searle Freedom Trust. Right away, with the name “Freedom” in the business title, you can bet it’s about freedom for one type of person: rich.
The bottom line of her argument? Charity is a waste of time and money. Great business people will help humanity more by simply making money for themselves.
Here are some gems from the piece:
Then we get this beaut – why, even if Mr. Gates does succeed in achieving his goals, we won’t be better off!
“Even if Mr. Gates makes progress in achieving his ambitious philanthropic objectives—eradicating disease, reducing global poverty, and improving educational quality—these accomplishments are unlikely to match what he achieved by giving us the amazing capability we literally have at our fingertips to access and spread information. The very doctors and scientists who may develop cures for diseases like malaria will rely on the tools Microsoft supplies to conduct their research. Had Mr. Gates decided to step down from his company and turn to philanthropy sooner than he did, they might have fewer such tools.”
Read that again. Are you shitting me? Eradicating poverty and disease and improving human minds are nothing compared to the next Windows application? Surely this person is not serious.
But she doesn’t stop there. No, she goes on to say that there have been absolutely no charitable advances as good for people as the cell phone and the birth control pill.
“Think about it for a moment: Can you point to a single charitable accomplishment that has been as transformative as, say, the cell phone or the birth-control pill?”
And the final peroration:
“But let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that businessmen are likely to achieve more by giving their money away than they have by making it in the first place”
We knew conservatives hated any kind of government that did anything except make the rich richer. Now we get to see an even darker side – they hate anything that actually helps anyone (other than other rich people, I assume). And all this is couched under the “market knows best” mantra.
But hey, let us eat cake: “Even buying a yacht creates jobs for yacht-builders.”Read the unbelievable mess here
Then, in the weekender section, we get a screed against foundations. The thrust of this article is that they don’t give ENOUGH away; they should be forced to get rid of their money asap, essentially. Of course, once they are out of business, then we won’t have any pesky philanthropic meddling and why all those people and organizations who have been sucking at the charitable tit will just have to get back on the treadmill and work even harder for their rich overlords. Read it yourself.