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Coronavirus: why we should be sceptical about the benevolence of billionaires

These are not trivial issues. They will decide who lives and dies

Master and servant

Consider for a moment whether you would agree to be a slave. Let’s say a kindly benefactor offered you a better standard of living than that which you currently enjoy, or can realistically aspire to, and credibly promises to treat you very well. The only condition is that they would own you. 

Would you accept the offer? My suspicion is that most people would not. 

Slavery is incontrovertibly wrong, though it is important to understand why. The depictions we see in popular culture often emphasise the cruelty and exploitation. These are terrible, but they are not at the core of what’s wrong with owning another person. 

If they were, then we would not have a problem with the idea of a kindly benefactor. The real problem with slavery lies in its structure as a social relationship, specifically with the distribution of power.

Generosity is good, but philanthropy can come at a significant social cost.
— Read on theconversation.com/coronavirus-why-we-should-be-sceptical-about-the-benevolence-of-billionaires-136448

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