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Charity/Philanthropy

Altruism

Which means, the placing of others above self, of their interests above one's own. 


The man who speaks to you of sacrifices, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master.

   --  Ayn Rand



Why is it moral to serve the happyness of others, but not your own? If enjoyment is a value, why is it moral when experienced by others, but immoral when experienced by you?

   --  Ayn Rand


Impossible to measure benefit of altruism


“Your standard of virtue is not an object, not an act, not a principle, but an intention. You need no proof, no reasons, no success, you need not achieve in fact the good of others- all you need to know is that your motive was the good of others, not your own. You only definition of the good is a negation: the good is the non-good for me.”

   --  Ayn Rand

What altruism implies


It is immoral to live by your own effort, but moral to live by the effort of others

   --  Ayn Rand

Nature of charity


“I owe nothing to my brothers, nor do I gather debts from them.”

   --  Ayn Rand

Government Charity

Government charity is what Frédéric Bastiat called "False philanthropy". Giving away what is not theirs.


  • Was it appropriate for the state to sweep away charitable, mutual and commercial provision where this met peoples needs?
  • Is it more noble for health care to be provided and funded via a bureaucracy and compulsory taxation or by commercial , reciprocal and charitable endeavour?
  • Is it appropriate for the state to be providing healthcare for all rather than ensuring that all can have healthcare by supporting families, charities and the community in obtaining healthcare from a plurality of sources ?
  • Is coercive state finance and provision a higher value that personal concern motivated charity?

Corporate Charity

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"People invest in companies, lending them money in order to generate a yield from it. It is a company's duty to use that money with due diligence for the purposes for which it was lent to them. If they misapply it to themselves, we rightly castigate and even prosecute them. If they apply that money to causes they approve of, perhaps because it makes them feel good, this can be a misuse of funds lent to them in good faith. It was not lent to them to support good causes, however noble. The lenders could have done that themselves. If it aids the business it is a valid use, otherwise it is not. "

   --  Masden Pirie


Corporate charity/philanthropy is nothing of the sort. You cannot be charitable with money that is not yours to give away. When corporates give money away on behalf of their shareholders they might as well have ripped the money directly out of the shareholders wallets against their will. The idea that “corporate social responsibility” must offset the profit motive is ludicrous. The profit motive is benign at worst and necessary to our survival.

Personal charity


Virtue and charity


"Without a doubt, morality and religion make it a duty for men, especially the rich, to deprive themselves voluntarily of that which they possess, in favour of their less fortunate brethren. But this is an entirely moral obligation. If it were to be asserted on principle, admitted in practice, or sanctioned by law, that every man has a right to the property of another, the gift would have no merit--charity and gratitude would be no longer virtues. "

   --  Frédéric Bastiat

Limits of charity


Men have been taught that the highest virtue is not to acheive but to give. Yet no-one can give what has not been created. Creation comes before distribution- or there will be nothing to distribute.

   --  Ayn Rand

Why Governments shouldn't be involved in charities?

  • If a “charity” receives public funding, it’s not a charity, it’s quango.
  • The accountability, transparency and scrutiny standards of Charities are well below the standards expected in other publicly funded bodies.
  • Government funding isn’t granted on the basis of merit. It’s given to Government favourites.
  • Meaning well is not the same as doing good. There seems to be no accurate measure of a charity’s output. With no way to measure output then there’s no way to conduct a cost/benefit analysis. Whilst giving away your own money on a wing and a prayer is fine, it’s not okay with public funds.
  • If the state and Charity are virtually joined, then Charity is just a way for politicians to absolve themselves of direct responsibility.
  • Public funding makes charities lazy. Chasing public funds is not the same as fundraising from the general public. It is a different game and when a charity does one it usually neglects the other.
  • To have private charity money sullied by being mixed in with funds that have been taken by force from both yourself and others by government diminishes and disfigures the honorable charitable act beyond recognition. 

References

Links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22245601 (where does charity money go)
http://libertarianhome.co.uk/2014/04/happy-to-be-selfish/ Greed is good

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