On the Road Again

Too easy on the title of the post. Traveling for work this week, staying with a friend in DC. Enjoyed a great meal, fun company, and stimulating conversation.

One of the topics we discussed was the political power of shaping public sentiment. I think one of the things that the right has been most successful at doing in recent decades has been normalizing a pretty heartless version of market thinking. If some people are poor, too bad; not everyone is going to get ahead. It’s interesting, by which I mean terrible, how inequality of endowments (some people are more capable than others) has been equated with inequality of outcomes (the poor will always be with us). Can philanthropy overcome this kind of thinking when it’s so rooted in inequality of outcomes (the rich set aside funds they don’t need for charity)?

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