Does a tough-love approach foster a truly caring relationship between donors and the poor, or does it run the risk of becoming the next blanket remedy imposed upon one group by another? Does it address the real causes of poverty?
On February 28, the Bradley Center will bring Howard Husock and Michael Hartmann together with RICK COHEN of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy to discuss these questions as well as your own. WILLIAM SCHAMBRA will moderate the discussion. Please join us! Lunch will be served. via email from The Bradley Center Staff
I have always said there is dignity in Wealth Bondage. Daily toil in the chill room moving body parts from intake bin to output bin builds character and self-respect as well as manual dexterity. Sweeping the floor. Performing routine acts of submission for the paying guests. Even the poorest employee can wear the WB Jumpsuit with the American Flag patch with pride. He may have no health insurance, his teeth may rot in his head, her children may not have the necessities of life, but the worker is now part of the great Wealth Bondage system. He is in Wealth Bondage either way, but now is of Wealth Bondage as well. He can hold his head high. A slave in his proper place, he can now walk with pride. (This post, a work of public-spirited scholarship, was funded in part by a generous grant from the Roster Foundation: Crowing in the New American Century. I would also like to thank Michael E. Hartman of Bradley whose Helping People Help Themselves published at Philanthropy Round Table. His work has been an inspiration to me. I called together my gardener, maid, chauffeur, and body servants and read his essay. Noting their incomprehension, I had the maid translate it for the others. They were quite grateful and thanked me for setting a high moral example that might lift them eventually from poverty. Talk about the Bell Curve, these poor morons take this crap at face value. God, what a laugh. I'd give them a ten dollar bill at Christmas, but it would just destroy their incentive to truckle. Half the pleasure of wealth is making others suffer and thank you for it.)
Posted by The Happy Tutor
Apropos of many things, AKMA forwarded a link about Rothko. As an unknown painter he was commissioned to produce a work for the then new Four Seasons restaurant, one of New York's most posh places to meet, eat, and be seen. The work Rothko produced, apparently, was designed to confound Wealth Bondage, to throw the wealthy diners out of kilter and to upset their view of themselves and their world. But, having eaten at the Four Seasons himself, Rothko suddenly withdrew his works, and passed them over to the Tate in England. Eleven years later he was a suicide. Shall we say then that "There is no outside of Wealth Bondage," that art must hang within the frame money provides, whether restaurant, museum, or mansion, and that the power to upset, the power artists share with Christ, Fool, and philosophers like Diogenes and Debord is anticipated in advance, and made part of the spectacle? So Christ gives way to the Popes, Fool to a website on money, and Diogenes becomes just one more Trickster, a man with a gimmick, who may get a day on TV before the attention turns to the next murder case? Inside our institutions, whether we are teachers, financial advisors, clerics or artists, we know the rules, the decorum, and when it is appropriate or permissible to buck them for the sake of permitted effect. Yet, like Rothko young, some of us dream still of an art so strong, or caritas so strong, or a religious revival so strong, that Wealth Bondage becomes its antithesis: Wealth Bondage. We can, Jesus said, blaspheme anything and still be saved, anything but the holy spirit. Today the holy spirit is inside Wealth Bondage, played for a sucker by those with the money to do it. Those who realize it, and care, may despair. Yet the holy spirit's message is faith, hope and charity. As close as I can come to those is seeing in AKMA's quiet example a way forward, if not for a movement, then for myself as one blocked person much given to despair. Going out into the highways and byways we, trained as preachers, teachers, artists, philanthropic consultants, and bondage masters to the stars, teach adults, beginning with one another: A fool's errand, but not a knave's.
Posted by The Happy Tutor
If the Gospel didn’t demand that I follow in a Way of non-coercion, I would have reason to cry out for blasphemers to be punished, for impiety to be stifled by force.
Do the Gospels then rebuke the thundering intolerance of Rev. Dr. Jerome Jowells and his ilk? Or, can they turn to the Book of Revelations to claim that Jesus is as intolerant as they are themselves? To our hate-mongering, crowd-swelling pastors, Swift would have said, "No, Sirrah, no, you prating coxcomb, that malicious sermon is not from God; it is air blown upward through your anus with a bellows." Indeed he said precisely that in his "Mechanical Operation of the Spirit."
Yes, it is hard chastening our co-religionists, from our own or other denominations, but unless we are willing to brave their ire, how can we call on our Muslim peers to moderate the fanaticism of their more extreme members?
Fanatics on both sides have much to learn. How, short of Jihad and Crusade, might they be taught? My suggestion is tough love from those who worship the same God.
Apocalypse, later please. There is even after postmodernism something to be said for the Englightenment, of whom Swift was a leading figure, whose example has perhaps never been more relevant, fools and knaves abounding. But those we must satirize are not Muslims, if we are Christian, nor Jews, say, if we are Muslims, but those the devil or the Great Satan has lodged like vipers in the bosom of our own respective religions. Yes, I do have people in mind. AKMA you lead, I will follow. Who among the dignitaries of the low church will we enlighten first, upon whom inflict excellence, as an example to the others?
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