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I've learned many things in this book. Great wealth can dictate great changes. Great wealth philanthropy can also elicit push back and anger. By feeding billions of charitable dollars to the institutions of today, it appears that we get the same results that we have today. If we would like new results we're going to have to find new ideas and different types of institutions.
At the heart of the great inequalities lies the difference between what the lowest worker earns and what the highest workers earn. The highest workers in some companies earn tens of thousands times the lowest workers in the very same company . When five people in the United States have as much wealth as the bottom 45% of this country, a perfect recipe for great social discord and unrest is generated. This disparity brings hunger, pain, suffering, crime, distrust and a sense of hopelessness in 99% of Americans. When you don't have the wealth and financial reserves two create a prosperous home life for your family, this leads to desperation in the family which in turn leads to nowhere good for the entire Society.
Solid data and analysis, a nice mixture of a journalistic approach and editorializing with recommendations.
Really interesting, by telling the story of philanthropy and charity through the stories of the mega-wealthy. The ultra rich have so much more influence on our lives than you would ever imagine! Billions buy big power, and some billionaires weild this power positively; others, less so. A peek into the lives and interests of the American super-rich!