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Ew of the accusations leveled at Microsoft under Gates A proper wealth redistribution framework within a nation is much powerful than random table scraps from a wealthy man It is better for nations that receive foreign onations to IELTS Success Formula Academic develop their economies and support their citizens there own way as opposed to receiving aid reliant on foreign cultural norms and practices that may be alien to the aid receivers Frankly this is a book that I liked in a lot of ways But it was also scathingly written poorly sourced and ideologicallyriven A scathing critiue of philanthro capitalism is much needed but this short treatise just barely scratches the surface and Alien Soldiers Baby Zoran Warriors does noto justice to the issue McGoey however wrote an interesting book and I could hesitantly recommend it to those interested in economics philanthropy and social justice topics Outstanding book Full review to come Talk about a well timed release Linsey McGoey s No Such Thing as a Free Gift The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy came out just weeks before Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan announced the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and set off an Internet wide firestorm about philanthropy and its relationship with ineuality and On Beauty democracyThis was almost the book I had been waiting for But it only goes half way pointing out what s wrong in billionaire philanthropy without any substantive analysis of how to make things right or at least slightly better It builds on the work of other thoughtful critics including Rob Reich Mark Dowie Gara LaMarche and Joanne Barkan and applies it to the work of the Gates Foundationisclosure my former employer But it BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 2222 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 2222: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) doesn t offer any new arguments or solutions And as Andy Beckett points out in his review itoesn t seem like McGoey spoke to many Gates Foundation employees to better understand how the structure and management of the foundation contribute to its shortcomingsMcGoey epicts those of us who work at foundations as naive idealistic TED Heads that jet around in business class from one to the next faddish conference without ever understanding the roots or realities of the problems we purport to address Sure you can find those types at many foundations and sadly their ilk is on the rise as foundations increasingly recruit MBA generalists on the assumption that they are efficient and outcome focused But if she had spoken with foundation employees McGoey would have iscovered that many of philanthropy s toughest critics are those of us that work on the inside even at the Gates Foundation Each time we go through an existential crisis about our work we ask ourselves a uestion that McGoey mostly avoids given the current political realities if not this then whatThe strongest section of the book looks at the implications of the Gates Foundation s choice to work with rather than against Big Pharma to make progress against Black Love Signs : An Astrological Guide to Passion, Romance and Relationships for African Americans (aka Sexy Black Sun Signs: An Astrological Guide to Love and Romance for African-Americans) diseases that affect the poorest Thatecision is rooted in Bill Gates belief that philanthropy can help attract the smartest minds to the most important problems It s a noble goal that necessitates some ugly trade offs Supporters of the foundation s partnerships with pharmaceutical companies argue that as a result poor people get access to new medicines faster and cheaper while pharmaceutical companies gain access to new markets Critics like McGoey point out that Big Pharma is making record profits that it uses to lobby governments for strict patent protections against generic euivalents government sanctioned monopolies that Das Schwert der Totengöttin deny life saving medicine to poor people Hepatitis C for example affects 150 million people worldwide and kills 700000 people each year There is a treatment but it will cost you 1000 peraily pill 84000 for the full treatment The state of Illinois has paid tens of millions for the The Algorithmic Beauty of Seaweeds Sponges and Corals drug and was forced to restrict Medicaid patients from treatment Generic versions of therug in eveloping countries where 73% of all people with hepatitis C live could be as low as 100 for the full treatment leading to healthier citizens and productive economiesI fully agree with McGoey that patent protections shouldn t keep people from accessing medicines that could their t people from accessing medicines that could save their It was one of the areas I was most interested in when I worked at Open Society Foundations yes an evil private foundation But even as I nodded in agreement I was frustrated that McGoey idn t substantively address the tradeoffs of working with versus against Big Pharma and that she Manipulation and Dark Psychology didn tig into the Women's Activism and Social Change Rochester New York 1822 1872 details of Gates Foundation s Global Access policy The foundation s approach to intellectual property is much nuanced than just patent protection at all costsShe also joins the chorus of voicesemanding that the foundation s trust The Western Scar: The Theme of the Been-To in West African Fiction divest from oil companies without recognizing research that shows thativestment campaigns rarely work All that activist effort to get private foundations to Understanding Shutter Speed divest from oil companies is aistraction from what would really make a The Mother I Carry: A Memoir of Healing from Emotional Abuse difference higher taxes on carbon extraction and consumption and cheaper renewable energyTo theegree that McGoey offers a solution it s that wealthy people should pay taxes and governments should provide uality public services and a basic safety net I agree and both Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are on record for supporting higher taxes Buffet has been especially vocal But McGoey s faith in governments to be the sole financier of public goods scientific research and the arts makes me think she s never lived in a Anthology of Articles on African Linguistics and Literature developing country It s a model that works well at the University of Essex where she works but just ask researchers activists and artists in Mexico what they have to go through to get government supportFinally when I ponder the book s central premise that private foundations amount to unaccountable institutionalized plutocracy and this is something I think about freuently I ultimately come to the same conclusion Private foundations aren t the problem and getting rid of them isn t the solution As Larry Kramerisclosure president of the Hewlett Foundation where I work argues the problem is large aggregations of wealth Allocating those large aggregations of wealth to private foundations compared to says campaign finance lobbying or luxury yachts is the least of our worriesI recommend this book to anyone who works in philanthropy and to anyone interested in the relationship between wealth idealism and emocracy It reveals the many contradictions rampant in my field McGoey is a Agricultural Engineering deep subtle thinker who rewards her readers with great passages from 19th century literature sociological theory and political philosophy It s an especially important read for all those attracted to the hype of social entrepreneurship and the next TED conference For those of us who have been pondering philanthropy s shortcomings for some time however this is not the book to help us advance our thinking on how to improve philanthropy and its relationship withemocracy I ve read a number of books on philanthropy over the last couple of years but I think this is the one I would most highly recommend if you were thinking of reading just one I think that is because it uses Carnegie and Bill Gates as examples to show how philanthropy has been used to make the world in the image of very wealthy people Both men made their fortunes by using monopolistic practices and often if not actually breaking the law coming so close so as to leave a taint and stench of anything but an excess of morality Both then sought a kind of redemption by giving away large proportions of their wealth But this giving away idea is complicatedFirst of all there are tax benefits in giving away money At one point in this the author says that if an insanely wealthy person gives away 100 million the. Ll and Melinda Gates Foundation As large charitable organizations replace governments as the providers of social welfare their largesse becomes suspect The businesses fronting the money often create the very economic instability and ineuality the foundations are purported to solve We are entering an age when the ideals of social justice are ependent on the strained rectitude and uestionable generosity of the mega rich. No Such Thing as a Free GiftThis is my second read through of this Overall opinion I really like this book Linsey is cogent incredibly well researched funny and likable This is a critiue not nearly so vitriolic as some of the other reviews would state but rather ry well balanced and uite often adding in caveats to the positive for the critiued parties Not everything of course is so well balanced but overall it s a fair critiue with less bias than one would expect from a work of this nature Dislikes Anti GMO ism is so 2016 Can we move on already An anthropologist McGoey is not You could skip the whole history of the gift section and be better off That s it which should probably say enough considering the lengthy rants I m prone to if you ready my other reviews This book pairs excellently with A Brief History of Neoliberalism Probably the best book I have read all year I thought I knew a lot about philanthropy after working in and studying the aid industry for the past How Debuggers Work Algorithms Data Structures and Architecture decade or This book tackles large philanthropy specifically Gates but she also mentions Rockefeller Koch Brothers Ted etc I think this is a must read for anyone working inevelopment in their own country or abroad and should be on related course syllabuses Main m I really wanted to like this I think we should be taking a good look at what McGoey terms philanthrocapitalism and I think she makes some good points But ultimately I think she comes to conclusions that the evidence An Alien Heat doesn t support and she s so eager to criticize that she misses the pointHere s what I agreed with philanthropy on the grand scale couldo a lot better transparency Because of Board of Directors usually the people who ultimately make the funding The Alchemy of Culture: Intoxicants in Society decisions confidentiality peopleon t always know how or why grants are made social enterprise business or social benefit businesses Rough Rider: BWWM Interracial MC Biker Alpha Male Romance deserve a lot of scrutiny Weefinitely should not take any business at their word that claims to be Sonic Alchemy: Visionary Music Producers and Their Maverick Recordings doing social good and it can often be a smokescreen other parts of a not so ethical businessiverse boards are a good thing and while I wouldn t go as far as McGoey Mapping wild gardens: The symbolic conquest of South Africa (African literatures in English) does and mandate a two thirds non family seat count I would strongly encourage boards to consider opening their membership to non family experts the American tradition of using charitableollars to fund Gramatica de baza a limbii romane deeply partisan think tanks that work to undermine the rights of the poor and advance the rights of the rich is pretty gross Read Dark Money The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right for a great take on thisBut here s where weiverge McGoey argues that philanthrocapitalism which she Suggestive Inuiry into the Hermetic Mystery with a Dissertation on the More Celebrated of the Alchemical Philosophers Being an Attempt Towards the Recovery of the Ancient Experiment of Nature defines as large private granting foundations whose founders usually but not alwaysrive the granting and strategy of the organization is ipso facto a bad thing And I just can t agree with this Look I College University Budgeting: College And University Budgeting definitely agree that not all grants made by those organizations are effective or perfect But you know what All of those people could have just bought another super yacht Or island Or two super yachts three private jets and four islands A lot of those grantso good and I think what McGoey is really criticizing is an economic and regulatory system that allows wealth accumulate among a small group of people McGoey thinks the rich should not be afforded the tax shelter of setting up a foundation and should just be forced to pay the tax But in my opinion it s naive to think that the rich wouldn t find other tax loopholes or avoidance strategies McGoey ascribes a lot of behavior to foundations that I would argue is not representative of the whole Foundations are incredibly Integrating Cleveland Baseball diverse and there s a silly saying that once you ve met one foundation you ve met one foundation For example she criticizes foundations for allowing people to sink a whole bunch of money into a foundation and thenisburse only 5% a year the American regulatory minimum suggesting that citizens are forgoing tax revenue for benefits they may never see And while this is certainly true of a few foundations many have existed for years and The Modern Drunkard's Adventures with Alcohol disbursed than the value of the original gift into their communities Other foundations are flow through entirely and allow people to give anonymously McGoeyoes not state but mistakenly implies that there are no large anonymous Grassroots Leviathan donors And the Gates Foundation the subject of this book will spend all of it s money within 50 years of either Bill or Melinda Gates seath whoever Voices and Veils dies second McGoey strongly criticizes the Gates for not investing of their researchollars in Facts and Features of English History, a Series of Alternating Reading and Memory Exercises developing nations even uoting oneoctor from an African Country Who Won T who won t any because he s already been rejected twice Ok look Maybe the Gates Foundation should fund research in the Global South and focus on 57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School developing human capital there But maybe they have thoughtful reasons for choosing aifferent strategy And maybe that guy who applied and was rejected twice wrote really bad applications Or maybe he wrote good applications and there were enough people that wrote great applications that he Love in Bloom didn t make the cut It just seemed a bitisingenuous to criticize their strategy when McGoey oesn t even think they should existI guess I just think McGoey is missing the forest for the trees Large scale

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is not problem a system that irects wealth into the hands of the few is And I just can t get on board with the idea that people like Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett pledging to give away half their wealth before they The Alcohol Bible die is better than them buying stuff or hiding the money in offshore accounts even if youon t always agree with how and where they Hermetic Alchemy Science and Practice The Golden Dawn Alchemy Series 2 direct the funds To use another cliche it seems like McGoey is throwing the baby out with the bathwater here I would give this book 10 stars if I could This is one of the best non fiction books I ve read ever McGoeyoes an impressive job of gathering her facts and basing her arguments on clear IELTS Academic and General Task 2 How to Write at a Band 9 Level data I hesitate to say arguments because I feel like McGoey was actually very well balanced in her perspective She presents a very fair and thorough view of her subjects and I thought she was very fair with herepiction of Bill GatesThis is not a tirade against Gates and his Billioniare Boys Club Instead This Is A History this is a history philanthropy including an excellent analysis of gift giving the legacies of Gates predecessors like Carnegie and Rockefeller and a careful examination of the state of philanthrocapitalism today She points out the hypocrises and ouble standards so rampant in that privileged world and she looks closely at the conseuences of relying on individual benefactors to provide the services that governments often struggle to I love the chapter titles too they are apt and witty The book begins the introduction titled Winning Paradise Economically and then moves on to Big Men the wealthier than thou club of Carnegie Rockefeller Gates Walton Broad et al TED Heads the elitism and the censorship of TED Talks Davos and other similar events where the super rich applaud their own efforts to save the world Mandeville s Bastards nope trickle own economics Morning by Morning: How We Home-Schooled Our African-American Sons to the Ivy League doesn t work Pintsize Profit Makers making money off of kids byestroying the US public education system God s Work Gates oft misguided work on health issues Forgive Them Bastiat hello Tea Party Always Coca Cola the corporate connections of philanthropists and all those irty little secrets and finally the conclusion titled The Selfish Gift I could have underlined every sentence in this book but I ll only share two of my favorite uotes from the conclusionThiel and his fellow philanthrocapitalists efend protectionist patent policies even as they exhort BWWM (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) *1 (Interracial Romance BWWM African American Multicultural Romance) *1: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Secret Baby Romance Contemporary Romance) developing nations to open up their own borders They exploit tax loopholes thateplete government fina. Philanthro capitalism How charity became big businessThe charitable sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the global economy Nearly half of the than 85000 private foundations in the United States have come into being since the year 2000 Just under 5000 were established in 2011 alone This Prophetic Activism deluge of philanthropy has helped create a world where billionaires wield power over education policy global agriculture. Ncial reserves even as they complain about the seeming inability of states to enforce measures to combat global hunger or poverty They are today s liminal pioneers or accurately liminal profiteers They are as brash and entitled as the nineteenth century confidence menetermined to sell their ideology to governments and their constituents at almost any price you ve got the guts to ask They are here to save the world as long as the world yields to their interests pp 243 244Against the egotism of Thiel Bastillie or the Gateses individuals who eponymously stamp their mark on their endowments the best Romance donations are those that extend as far as possible the courtesy of indifference By indifference I mean uite literally gifts offered with a LACK of self involvement Because if a gift is to be actually given that is if it s actually meant to be surrendered by aonor preventing her or him from further claims on that gift then a Flyboy Action Figure Comes with Gasmask donor has no RIGHT to involvement Recipientseserve their own independence They Teaching Feminist Activism: Strategies from the Field don teserve sympathy which suggests a sort of false rapport with recipients which crushes grantees under the taxing weight of a Your Beautiful Mind (Mindful Drinking Book 2) donor s good will Theyon t Culture Moves deserve pity whichemeans as much as it empowers If the real motivation is to avoid embroiling other in chains of enduring ependency or obligation then true gifts should offer the respite of autonomy p 245 What thoughtful rich people call the problem of poverty thoughtful poor people with eual justice call the problem of riches R H TawneyThis uote is from the first page it should give you a sense of what the book is about interesting thinking here to follow Guardian Review Times Review Philanthro capitalism the highest stage of capitalism Through my ratings reviews and edits I m providing intellectual property and labor to com Inc listed on Nasda which fully owns Goodreadscom and in 2014 posted revenues for 90 billion and a 271 million loss Intellectual property and labor reuire compensation com Inc is also reuested to provide assurance that its employees and contractors work conditions meet the highest health and safety standards at all the company s sitesI like philanthro capitalist ventures however catastrophic however tragic because they represent a laboratory like nouement or epiphany of what I understand is the real nature of capitalism as opposed to the mercantilism of the peopleThe book which also has the ambition to be a primer on neoliberalism and as such covers too much ground shows us a few billionnaires in action Carnegie Rockefeller Soros Buffet Branson Gates and how a few uick fixes for the world s problems including social entreprenership and micro finance muddle through the media the TED church the exclusive policy clubs and eventually wreak havoc on innocent livesThe chapters on the Gates Foundation s uick fixes for the US education system polio or Africa s shuttered agricultural markets are breathtaking Apocalyptic chain reactions of unintended conseuences are triggered by half baked plans supported by outrageously generous cash outs And they reveal that the real aim of grand capitalism is not profit but to wield the power needed to shape society as it pleases This is the case for example of our lord and master Jeff Bezos who has put together a monster organization that is systematically making losses and nonetheless thrives on the euity market which hails its success at Respect Love disrupting whatever it canisruptThe book s major weakness feel free to skip the amateurish part on the anthropological theory of the gift consists in wanting to see profit seeking motives in the Gates Foundation s policy choices and partnerships with Goldman Sachs Buffet s Berkshire Hathaway Monsanto and Coca Cola where they are just the result of what in foundation speak is called leverage ie the idea that a measure of a charitable programme s success is its ability to catalyse powerful alliances Gates teams up with Monsanto because it s a like minded organization which shares his fierce views on intellectual property and the ability of technology to Introduction To Combinatorial Algorithms And Boolean Functions dish out solutions for society s problems which when applied to reality never go to plan Omnipotence not money is the ultimate end of grant and profit makingHow can omnipotence grant making be curbed The author suggests revoking the tax allowance system now associated with charitable giving But this would only affect the charitable giving of the people leaving omnipotence giving undisturbed What is needed is probably for grant making organizations to have to mandatorily achieve a license to operate granted to them by the beneficiaries who should be systematically involved ineciding how the generous gift should affect their community and institutions both in Computer Algorithms C++: C++ and Pseudocode Versions developed andeveloping countriesThe gift is not free not because the Plan Colombia donor is seeking to make a profit from it but beacuse the act of giving the gift is intrinsically undemocratic The beneficiaryoes not even know the Biologically Inspired Algorithms for Financial Modelling (Natural Computing Series) donation is taking place and cannot turn itown Allowing the beneficiaries the choice to accept the gift and ictate how it should be spent could make the gift dictate how it should be spent could make the gift For on the emocratization of philanthropy The Revolution Will Not Be Funded Beyond the Non Profit Industrial Complex No Such Thing as a Free Gift by Linsey McGoey is an interesting if flawed critiue on philanthro capitalism By critiue I mean a scathing furious rebuke of organizations like the Gate s Foundation and their upper crust supporters who McGoey refers to as TED Heads McGoey is highly critical in her book and makes some excellent criticisms of a flawed system For example she is critical of Gates support for privatized schooling metrics on teaching performance that instigate SIN FILTRO Y SIN ALCOHOL disciplinary action for poor scores privatized online teaching pharmaceutical exposure toisease reduction and Many of these articles are interesting but McGoey is so venomous in her criticism it may turn many readers awayMcGoey is obviously operating from an ideological standpoint She is highly critical of private companies any corporate participation in governance or education which seems a bit overzealous Although private institutions are always the most efficient the most successful or even the most competent institutions to handle issues they may not be the worst either McGoey seems to be criticizing for the sake of criticizing offering little in the way of fact or figure in some of her arguments She criticizes the Gates Foundation for combating Polio in the His Abused Mate developing world for example by stating that there are importantiseases such as measles that should be eradicated instead I wonder if she would criticize a measles campaign because there are other Distributed Systems disease besides that as wellI could go on and on here This book was interesting and Io recommend it It explores the field of philanthropy which is often heaped with praise and yet abused as a tax odge or an integration point to make vulnerable people reliant on certain industry tech or a way to advertise and improve corporate image as opposed to what it should be a way to alleviate poverty reduce isease impact and improve lives Philanthropy can rightly be criticized as the table scraps of the rich as McGoey points out A uote from this book attributed to John Kenneth Galbraith compares the relationship between philanthropists and the poor as a horse and sparrow The horse is fed oats and the sparrows feed from the road This too is how I view philanthro capitalism It is easy to praise the generosity of billionaires who have too Much Money To Know money to know to o with it But many of these people Gates included grew so powerful off of tax avoidance schemes monopoly power selfish lobbying and overseas workers to name just a And global health than ever beforeCharities link the farmers in Africa to the boardrooms of corporate foundations and the corridors of the World Economic Forum at Davos Far from being selfless plutocratic philanthropy may be the ultimate profit making toolIn No Such Thing as a Free Gift author and academic Linsey McGoey puts this new golden age of philanthropy under the microscope paying particular attention to the Bi.