Warren Buffett's son Peter, gets a seat at the power-philanthropy table. But he doesn't like what's being served up. He calls it, "Philanthropic Colonialism".
As more lives and communities are destroyed by the system that creates vast amounts of wealth for the few, the more heroic it sounds to “give back.” It’s what I would call “conscience laundering” — feeling better about accumulating more than any one person could possibly need to live on by sprinkling a little around as an act of charity.
And with more business-minded folks getting into the act, business principles are trumpeted as an important element to add to the philanthropic sector. I now hear people ask, “what’s the R.O.I.?” when it comes to alleviating human suffering, as if return on investment were the only measure of success.Peter Buffett's problem is, he's stuck in the middle of the "Charitable-Industrial complex" and can't seem to find a way out.
I’m really not calling for an end to capitalism; I’m calling for humanism....My wife and I know we don’t have the answers, but we do know how to listen. As we learn, we will continue to support conditions for systemic change.Refreshing!