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September 22, 2019

Even David Koch's Philanthropy Was Toxic

By molly cruz

. But even if the Koch brothers were politically neutral, treated their workers well, and didn’t harm the environment,we still shouldn’t want a society shaped by the charitable preferences of the super-rich. The current model of billionaire philanthropy started in the Gilded Age when plutocrats like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller tried to stymie criticism of inequality by setting themselves up as benefactors of the publ ...

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 But even if the Koch brothers were politically neutral, treated their workers well, and didn’t harm the environment,we still shouldn’t want a society shaped by the charitable preferences of the super-rich. The current model of billionaire philanthropy started in the Gilded Age when plutocrats like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller tried to stymie criticism of inequality by setting themselves up as benefactors of the public good.



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Born in Long Island public school year in Sweden as exchange student, went to Harvard one year, Cooper Union in NYC as Art student. Have two children, one of whom is rock mogul, the other has three daughters, one of whom has two daughters, making me a great grandmother at 68, very proud. For twenty years I operated a private primary school, Orchard School, in Santa Cruz CA. Still going strong but I'm retired and write much of the time. Strong believer in the space program and our subconscious quest as a species to prevent celestial onslaughts of one kind and another, for which it is my conviction that we have developed nuclear power, though we've had to use false wars to do so; in the end I believe we'll redeem ourselves in this way, which is why I find the abandonment of the shuttle program so sad. The Russians will do the honors with the next menace from Heaven, or have said that they will. In any case, nothing matters much if we don't, not the debt ceiling, pollution, nothing. All moot.

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