Interesting commentary on charitable giving.
Are conservatives and Christians becoming too narrow and selfish?
Are we hypocritical skinflints, indifferent to the suffering of the
The liberals say so. But is it true? Do conservatives and Christians really love their money more than they do the poor?
A new book by an expert on charity says: absolutely not. The real skinflints, he writes, are secular liberals.
Arthur Brooks, professor at Syracuse University, writes in his
new book, titled Who Really Cares, that he grew up in a liberal home
and accepted one of the liberal political nostrums: that the political
left “is compassionate and charitable toward the less fortunate, but
the political right is oblivious to suffering.”
“If you had asked me a few years ago to sum up the character of
American conservatives,” he writes, “I would have said they were
hard-headed pragmatists who were willing to throw your grandmother out
into the snow to preserve some weird ideal of self-reliance.”
But his own research forced him to change his mind. Religious
conservatives give more, and do more, for the poor than anyone else. By
contrast, liberals, who tend both to be irreligious and to believe that
government can and should redistribute income, tend to be far stingier.
Read the remainder of the commentary The Real Skinflints: America’s Charity Divide.
Here is a brief bio of the author: Arthur C. Brooks, a top scholar of economics and public policy, is professor of public administration at Syracuse
University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He is
the author of numerous articles and books on topics relating to charity
and civic life, and his work appears frequently in the Wall Street Journal and other publications.