robert leonetti6 months ago
Although the sentiment is a good one... there used to be an idea called Noblesse Oblige - that the ultra-fortunate had some duty to those less fortunate. Now we have Bourgeois Oblige. The wealthy will still donate, up to their legal tax-deductible limits, but it seems the burden of maintaining a civil society has fallen to the middle. Historically speaking, the roots of Noblesse Oblige came from a sense of civil unrest (a bit like Occupy). The masses were threatening to behead the leaders, and Noblesse Oblige was an attempt to show that leadership was benevolent, or at least benign. So what does today's phenomenon say?