Modern philanthropy

Doing good by making others pay for it

When the Rome government refused to let a vessel carrying 629 African migrants dock in Italy, Spain took them in. Dalrymple points out that the migrants

were rescued by the boat of a non-governmental organisation dedicated to saving them from floundering in the Mediterranean.

This is, he notes,

typical of modern philanthropy: you do good by making others pay for it, by imposing financial burdens or obligations upon them that they have not chosen. Of course, to rescue drowning people is humanitarian: the question that the Italian government asks is whether the supply of rescue creates the demand for it.

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