Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, say some. Others? Perfect example of cooptive liberation. Confused? Read on.
There are good and bad everything, although readers of this space know that I think most charities are bad. I argue that most charities afford a way that their supporters can believe they’re doing good, when they aren’t really, or when the amount of good that the supporters’ resources could have done is squandered.
And so believing that they are saving the world, the supporters of the charity lose interest in their own governments’ foreign aid programs. Worse, they start to believe they can do everything well that really it takes a huge government to do.
Ergo, charter schools, pay-as-you highways, subcontracted prisons and the list goes on and on.
I’ve said it so much, but here goes again:
The world is too big and too complex to be run by a school committee.
The problem is that often the governments, as is the case in the U.S. today, are shrinking and able to do less and less. So what the old aid agencies used to do be able to do with their own staff, they can’t, because they don’t have enough staff.
So they hire a contractor … an “NGO” – nongovernmental organization. They are, in effect, hiring a charity.
At this point things often get squandered just as hopelessly as they do with a individual church or Rotary project.
“Samaritans” is a fabulous new TV comedy series that takes my feelings to the sarcastic extreme. It’s hilarious.
It explains so perfectly Herbert Marcuse’s “cooptive liberation” concept while keeping you laughing at each moment. The creator told AfricaIsACountry recently that he was inspired when he learned of a charity in the U.S. that held an auction to raise money to save the rhino.
The auction was of a rhino hunt in Namibia.
The other story, of course, is how professional Kenya’s entertainment industry has become. Conceived, written, produced, directed and using Kenyan actors. Incredible accomplishment and as good or better than most stuff we see here at home.
Ever since Buzzfeed carried the story last month the show has gone viral.
You can rent the first two episodes for as little as $5! Click here.
Take a look! Then, please, take a think.