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When the super-wealthy make the decision to give away their money, many of them choose causes that align with their personal values and politics. From Bill and Melinda Gates’to the Koch brothers’ , it is apparent that the wealthy can use philanthropy as a tool to shape the world in the ways they see fit. David Callahan explores the outsized influence that these donations can have -- and how they can undermine civic equality -- in his new book,
- David Callahan sees philanthropy as another form of money in politics. Giving to think-tanks and advocacy organizations, he says, is often more effective than donating directly to campaigns. And it also has the effect of indirectly undermining the influence of voters.
- Callahan argues that charitable money is best spent funding basic scientific research (such as the ), rather than furthering personal ideologies.
- Philanthropy is doing some of the things that government used to do, according to Callahan. And, when billions of dollars are being used to influence society through charity, more people should have a say in what the priorities are.
- Callahan is the editor and founder of , a website that asks who’s funding what, and why.
- David Callahan for The Guardian on .
- This shows how America gives by region.