The false dichotomy of policy vs. charity | Philanthropy Daily

The false dichotomy of policy vs. charity | Philanthropy Daily.

According to William Schambra, “effective altruism” essentially amounts to “strategic philanthropy on steroids.”

Second, Dwyer returns to the central point of her argument, viz. the relationship between charity and government. From the perspective of democracy, “Citizens must keep a critical eye on private actors who move in to assist the state in solving social problems to ensure those solutions do not come at the price of reduced democracy.” From the perspective of morality, there is a significant issue regarding the “total discretion” practiced by wealthy philanthropists. Amounting to a critique of Carnegie’s conception of the “proper administration of wealth,” the article’s ultimate concern is whether the “advantages” of private enterprise are used to exploit social issues for individual gain.

Nevertheless, Dwyer’s ultimate conclusion acknowledges the benefits to shared space between private and public (charity and policy) through establishments like “offices of strategic partnerships.” Most importantly, however, the argument notes, “citizens . . . must keep a critical eye on private actors who move in to assist the state.”

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