Celebrities frequently rush into social issues like they’re some kind of glorious gift to humanity. Along the way, they do a lot of damage. Is it really so hard to do some research before embarking on something?
Transitioning government services to charity organisations isn’t just inefficient: It also sends unmistakeable messages about people who need those services.
Mark Zuckerberg inspired collective media fawning last year when he announced that he was ‘giving away’ 99 percent of his fortune to charitable enterprises. Oh, the humanity! A man with massive profits and capital from a savvy, sharp entry into the tech economy was willing to give it all away for the good of the […]
I am strongly opposed to the heavy reliance on charity as a means of social support, but since our society is currently structured to provide many social services through charities, I donate according to my abilities — which are a bit limited at the moment. I also work towards a society in which this is […]
Over the summer, California was devastated by one of the worst fires in the state’s modern history: The Valley Fire, which consumed tens of thousands of acres and swept through over 1,000 structures, including hundreds of homes. Much of the damage took place in Lake County, an extremely poor region of the state—nearly 25 percent […]
A few months ago, I commented critically on a church that was withdrawing some of its outreach services to the homeless community in opposition to a mandate requiring such services to be provided to all customers regardless of intoxication status. The state government initiated the mandate as part of a ‘Housing First’ approach, a programme proven […]
Holiday charity drives are in full swing as suddenly everyone seems to care about ‘the less fortunate.’ The food drive cans are dragged out to the checkstands in the supermarket, the newspaper profiles the woeful of our community, and the mail from charitable organisations stacks up in my post office box, clamouring for my funds […]
One consequence of the decline of the economy has been a significant drop in charitable donations across numerous areas, like the arts, education, and the environment. There’s less money to go around, people are clinging harder to their funds when they do have them, and charities are sometimes struggling to make do, making difficult decisions […]
‘For every RT, we’ll donate $10 to [cause]!’ ‘Like us on Facebook and we’ll donate to [cause]!’ ‘Help us reach 5,000 followers on [Pinterest/Facebook/Instagram/Tumblr] and we’ll donate to a user-selected charity!’ I’m seeing these statements popping up more and more these days, and they are giving me a case of the chills followed by irritation […]
When we think about social services, where do they come from? Many people seem to believe they originate with the government, and many of them are also very invested in the idea that the government is overspending on social services; that it should commit less to reducing poverty, addressing illness and disability, and creating a […]