Rick Cohen, seconding Pablo Eisenberg, takes on all comers. College Presidents, and Executive Directors sit on corporate boards, raking in bundles. For shame! Cultural elites dancing with Business elites! If only Albert Ruesga were serving on the Board at Corrections Corporation of America. Then we would have social justice. (Albert goes by Doctor, to make people in New Orleans think he is a preacher, but he is only a PhD. in ethics.) Countess, what does a College President wear to dance with the devil at the Wealth Bondage Charity Ball? (Naked as a jaybird might work well, or with a G string, to hold the cash.)
Saddleback isn't the only megachurch able to raise money. Featuring huge stages, rock bands, jumbotron screens, buckets of and oodles of money, as well as the enormity of other facilities, pastor personalities and income -- over $8.5 billion a year all told -- these churches are impressive forces flourishing at staggering rates.
The Happy Tutor and his penurious liberal arts major friends are offering courses on Dante, some in Italian, others in the vulgate. Featuring huge stages, representing every stage of hell, purgatory, and heaven, with rock banks, jumbotron screens, and oodles of money, as well the enormity of good taste, Professor Personalities, and income - over $.10, including returned bottles a year all told - these bastions of high culture are flourishing at staggering rates, if spitting into the wind, for no money counts as flourishing.
What we have to show for the Enlightenment are brands, business logic, and the mega-churches combining the best features of each. When we finish Dante, we (educated fools) move on to Kant, before blowing our brains out.
The Mormon Church says, "tithe". Loosely paraphrased, they say, "10% is a lot, and 10% is enough." This is actually very smart, because they've created a difficult but achievable standard, a way to be a member of good standing in their tribe.
When my dad ran the local United Way drive as a volunteer, he pushed for one percent. "One percent isn't a lot, but it's enough."
The model here is duty. How much do I owe? How much meets my obligation? What is my fair share? tithing and taxes have that shape. What does it take to make a difference for the causes I care about? How much can I afford? Those are another way of addressing how much is enough.
Ironically, in the wake of the recent economic collapse, an increasing number of such consultants are now offering their “services” to civil society. Edwards quotes a leading Indian social activist, who spoke to him anonymously out of fear of retribution from funders, who argues, “In a world falling apart with the financial crisis, the nonprofit sector is a good haven for management consultants. Lots of money to pontificate about obvious things, very little questioning of the fact that you can cover your ignorance of fields and issues through management jargon, no accountability to anyone for mistakes arising from your lack of experience or plain ignorance, and plenty of arrogance to boot.”
New Orleans after Katrina. Detroit after the financial levees broke. An act of God, in either case. Nothing humans can do but mourn the forces of nature. Time was when Detroit burned with another viewpoint.
- Nearly 90% of nonprofits surveyed expect 2010 to be as difficult or more difficult than 2009.
- 80% anticipate increased demand for services in 2010.
- Only 18% of organizations expect to end 2010 above break-even.
- The majority – 61% – have less than three months of cash available; 12% have none.