No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the

No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy 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 , private foundations in the United States have come into being since the yearJust under , were established inalone This deluge of philanthropy has helped create a world where billionaires wield power over education policy, global agriculture, 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 Bill 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 inequality the foundations are purported to solve We are entering an age when the ideals of social justice are dependent on the strained rectitude and questionable generosity of the mega rich


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10 thoughts on “No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy

  1. Trevor Trevor says:

    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 brea


  2. David Sasaki David Sasaki says:

    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 inequality and democracy.This was almost the book I had been waiting for But it only goes half way, pointing out what s


  3. Greg Watson Greg Watson says:

    Outstanding book Full review to come.


  4. Andrew Andrew says:

    No Such Thing as a Free Gift, by Linsey McGoey, is an interesting, if flawed, critique on philanthro capitalism By critique, 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 te


  5. Sara Sara says:

    Philanthro capitalism, the highest stage of capitalismThrough my ratings, reviews and edits I m providing intellectual property and labor to .com Inc., listed on Nasdaq, which fully owns Goodreads.com and in 2014 posted revenues for 90 billion and a 271 million loss Intellectual property and labor require compensation .com Inc is also requested to provide assurance that its employees and contractors work conditions meet the highest health and safety stand


  6. Jim Jim says:

    What thoughtful rich people call the problem of poverty , thoughtful poor people with equal justice call the problem of riches R H TawneyThis quote is from the first page, it should give you a sense of what the book is about interesting thinking hereto follow Guardian Review Times Review What thoughtful rich people call the problem of poverty , thoughtful poor people with equal justice call the problem of riches R H TawneyThis quote is from the first page, it sho


  7. Laura Laura says:

    I would give this book 10 stars if I could This is one of the best non fiction books I ve read ever McGoey does an impressive job of gathering her facts and basing her arguments on clear 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 her depiction of Bill Gates.This is not a tirade against Gates and his Billioni


  8. MargaretDH MargaretDH says:

    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 doesn t support, and she s so eager to criticize that she misses the point.Here s what I agreed with philanthropy on the grand scale could do a lot better transparency Because of Board of Directors usually the people who ultimately make the funding decisions confid


  9. Siera Siera says:

    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 decade orThis 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 in development in their own country or abroad and should be on related course syllabuses Main message Gates has done a lot of good, but can be ruthless in their business t P


  10. Brandy Cross Brandy Cross says:

    This 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 critique, not nearly so vitriolic as some of the other reviews would state, but rather dry, well balanced, and quite often adding in caveats to the positive for the critiqued parties Not everything, of course, is so well balanced, but overall, it s a fair critique, with less bias than one would expect from a work of this nature Dislikes This i


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