Last week, Jeff Bezos donated 98.5 million dollars to combat homelessness. Afterwards, left twitter was (rightfully) awash with criticism. 98.5 million is only a fraction of a fraction of both Bezos’ total wealth and annual income — wealth and income which he earned by working laborers to the death and destroying market competition. He donated the sum to his own morally dubious charity, which heavily emphasizes charter schooling, bootstrapping, and myriad other policies that are as ineffective as they are ideologically charged.Read more: https://email@example.com/the-case-against-philanthropy-c36b83d7007f
Predictably, conservatives fired back at leftists, accusing us of “never being satisfied.” In part, this comes from a fundamental (perhaps intentional) misunderstanding of leftism by the right — they believe leftists (at least, the ones who aren’t satanists) want a world where everyone chooses to be charitable. The reality is we want a world without charity. We want a world where nobody’s human dignity and inherent value is made conditional to the generosity of billionaires.
The core of the problem is power. Conservatives like philanthropy because it keeps power in the hands of the powerful, giving them absolute freedom to feed or starve whomever they please. Leftists should stand against philanthropy — not because helping people is wrong, but because maintaining permanent classes of “philanthropists” and the “less fortunate” does nothing more than guarantee the persistence of poverty and a moral ambiguity around men who steal from billions, feed hundreds, and claim moral superiority because of it.