Philanthropy is not the right funding solution for our vital public institutions. Sure it’s great that wealthy individuals want to do good, but individual whims are not a reliable source of funding.
Entities profiting from the foundations of our society, it’s institutions, it’s infrastructure, its people, and it’s government have to carry the bulk of the costs of supporting and maintaining them.
Right now that needs to be done through taxes not charity.
In recent years, many of the industry’s elite have pledged financial support to schools, hospitals, police stations and homeless shelters, all while many of the industry’s companies have avoided paying taxes that would fund those same vital public institutions.
If we’re lucky, there may be, but Mr. Thiel isn’t going to like it. Wealth gleaned by way of tax dodges and monopolistic business practices is wealth stolen from the public, even when it is returned in the form of supposed gifts. Philanthropy has the power to do a great deal of good, but so do tax dollars allocated in an equitable democratic system. Perhaps it’s time to adopt a Gospel of Government.
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