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Earn to offer.
Make as a lot cash as you possibly can to offer it away.
Why are we stunned that messages like this would supply incentives for folks (or be used as justification by folks) who simply need to make plenty of cash?
This story from The New York Instances, appears at first as if it’ll pull again the curtain on this logic that being profitable in any respect prices is OK if you are going to give it away. However, it would not. As a substitute it joins the legions of articles written about efficient altruism and the potential crimes at FTX that inherently reify the logic.
Somewhat than the FTX debacle unleashing a broad dialog about wealth and accountability, philanthropy’s roles in making amends for dangerous actions, or *gasp* actual questions on capitalism and justice, the FTX scandal is philanthropy’s model of asterisked corridor of famers. These concerned in FTX are being handled just like the Pete Roses and Barry Bonds of philanthropy. The extra that tales about FTX repeat these tropes about efficient altruism, the extra they reinforce it as an excuse, a justification, even a motive for fraud.
Philanthropy – and right here I am speaking about large philanthropy, institutionalized and with extraordinary assets – has been a instrument for cleansing up reputations (of people, firms, and entire industries) for a very long time. Philanthropy as an appropriate pre-condition for malfeasance is the throughline to a lot of the press protection on FTX.
What’s notable is that the press I’ve seen calling out this drawback is that which quotes different efficient altruists or those that disagree with it is underlying philosophy. Different components of organized philanthropy have not had a lot to say. And that claims quite a bit.