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Feb. 5th, 2007

10:52 am - Your anti-charity?

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Which charities/advocacy groups support causes that you find loathesome? Which would pain you to know that your money was going to them?

Here's a few of mine:

Handgun Control Inc. (or any of their ilk) -- they'd disarm everyone except the police if they could
American Medical Association -- by artificially restricting the supply of doctors, few other unions have done more harm to U.S. citizens
PETA/Animal Liberation Front -- bomb and harass scientists working to cure aging and disease
American Trial Lawyer's Association -- macro parasites par excellence
Federation for American Immigration Reform -- don't like immigrants; wants to control who you love, hire, or otherwise associate with
RIAA/MPAA -- their state-granted monopoly stunts new distribution channels, and the development of new works; much of our intellectual heritage lies rotting in their vaults

Note, I've only included those that have a measure of influence/power. While vile, organizations like the KKK, American Communist Party, etc. have little influence at the moment, and therefore, don't represent much of a threat.

Also, I'd prefer to avoid debating whether any of these groups should be on my list. I'm just curious about who is on your list.


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Date:February 5th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
I'm not a fan of subsidizing any sort of unproductive behavior, so most charities make me wince when I consider what they do to people's incentives.

I like bootsrappy stuff, particularly microloans.
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Date:February 5th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
I'm anti-United Way.

When my family hit the skids and my brother, sister, and I literally didn't have beds to sleep on, the United Way told my mother that they couldn't help us because my mother had a job (even though it wasn't making ends meet), and she wasn't a minority.

Eventually, my mother appealed to a local church and one of their church members had some extra beds. I still remember the day when the beds arrived. They weren't brand new, but they were much better than sleeping on a kindergarten nap pad.
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Date:February 5th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
yours are exactly mine, except for the american trial lawyer's association, because I don't know anything about them.
I'd add the missionaries of charity too, mother teresa's group of press hounds, if thats even really a charity.

have you seen the penn and teller show Bullshit!?
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Date:February 5th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
The best (and exceedingly rare) charities are the ones that spend the money they receive doing something vaguely useful for the people they claim to be helping. Americare and Heifer International are examples.

The second best (and somewhat more common) "charities" merely take your money and keep it. A certain percentage is plowed back into promotion and the rest disappears without a trace. For every dollar donated the donors get a dollar's worth of self-satisfaction.

The third type (the majority) use the money to make things worse, either in "direct" action that is either coopted by third-world predators or applied in such a way as to create dependency, or by lobbying first-world politicians to act against the interests on their constituents. Most of the "Environmental Action" groups fall into this category.
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Date:February 5th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
United Way is one of my all-time evil organizations.

AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) is a close second. Dedicated to looting the country for the benefit of old rich people.

You included PETA . . . I see and raise you SHAC (Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty) which is a fairly nasty terrorist organization.

Speaking of terrorist organizations, I am rarely a fan of any special interest group.
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Date:February 6th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
i despise any organization trying to push christian values into the legal/political arena. christian coalition and focus on the family are good examples. i'm not opposed to these people trying to get their message out -- they could put up all the billboards and hand out all the tracts they wanted -- but using the law to force people to behave as if they believed in christianity is disgusting. if they understood anything about their own faith, they would focus exclusively on trying to change people's minds through persuasion and rational argument.
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Date:February 7th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
i've struggled with a related conundrum: attempting to find charities whose aims i support and which don't shoot their aims in the foot with perverse incentives. the best i've been able to come up with is the right to work foundation, but even then most of my money would end up in the hands of lawyers (something i am not comfortable with since lawyers don't seem to offer good value for money and thus are to be avoided wherever possible).
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