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Gold, death & taxes: Why billionaire charity can’t be what saves us

Thomas K R
May 5, 2020 · 20 min read

Coronavirus has plunged a global economy into a tailspin that we’re scrambling to correct. But philanthropy isn’t the answer to systemic inequality — and it should have never been the question

Do you know how much a billion dollars is?

But, to share wealth is to share power

‘The rich’ are not a single group of people

Anyway, back to the virus

Who else can save us?

1. This is specifically what fair, progressive taxation systems are supposed to do

2. The solutions to public crises should not be held in private money

3. Charitable giving is just… completely arbitrary

4. Wealth-warehousing is a thing

5. Humanitarian aid has always been soft power

6. Diversity and the state

What are we going to do?

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