Conscience Laundering: The Nonprofit-Industrial Complex

Warren Buffet’s son Peter has a brave and cutting op-ed in the New York Times today, about how the industry of charity is more a way to relieve the consciences of the top 1% than the woes of the bottom 10%. Here’s an excerpt, and make sure to read the whole thing.

As more lives and communities are destroyed by the system that creates vast amounts of wealth for the few, the more heroic it sounds to “give back.” It’s what I would call “conscience laundering” — feeling better about accumulating more than any one person could possibly need to live on by sprinkling a little around as an act of charity.

Pair this with Slavoj Zizek’s RSA video on the same topic. Pretty compelling stuff.