The idea that philanthropy is the answer to funding social improvements is one that will only make things worse.
Wrapped in a pretty name philanthropies are special interests. Sure, they do tons of good, but they are not democratic by nature. In the worst cases they represnt the will of ine individual, who gets to the societal ills which get fixed. This is not a feasible long term solution to society’s need for more equitable distribution of resources.
We would not suggest turning down the billions and all the good which can be accomplished. We do suggest that charitable giving not be seen as an alternative to democratic selection of how to help those in need.
most of these donors have the best of intentions. But make no mistake: Their influence is growing in tandem with their largess, shifting power away from democratic institutions.
As Government Retrenches, Philanthropy Booms https://nyti.ms/2tHYvtE