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September 13, 2009

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wirearchy

Hehe ...

I wonder if Schervish will read this post ?

Phil Cubeta

He and I are, I hope, good enough friends that he would enjoy it, really. He is on the advisory board for the charitable credential that I support. We have often talked of the issues. This whole matter of how to have a moral dialog on or about wealthy people and their philanthropy is a hot topic in emails with many people like Paul, Peter Karoff, Elizabeth Lynn, Director of the Project on Civic Reflection. The need to be polite, decorous, in good taste, seemly and respectful, limits the stylistic options and makes certain kinds of moral action in a public space impossible. I think the more respectable figures in my field would say, "Phil is quite entertaining." "He plays the fool quite well." "Phil, we all have our methodology and process for dealing with clients and constituents." Unless we change the frame, the genre, and do it based on proven models, Rabelais being a distinguished one, we won't change the scope of what is admissable, nor the attitudes that are permissable. I guess, recently, I have rediscovered my courage to write from inside wealth bondage in a way that makes the shape of that predicament visible and topical. Others sometimes write within that frame with their golden chains concealed or presented as an ornament freely chosen for personal adornment, or as a Chancellor might wear great gold chains as a sign of duly delegated authority. The morality of such moral discourse, indiscriminately admiring of wealth, silent as to its failings, is questionable, but to raise that question gets you into the issue of good manners and good se. Rather than criticising others, better for me to simpy follow Gargantua and reform all of Paris myself!

wirearchy

I have rediscovered my courage to write from inside wealth bondage in a way that makes the shape of that predicament visible and topical. Others sometimes write within that frame with their golden chains concealed or presented as an ornament freely chosen for personal adornment, or as a Chancellor might wear great gold chains as a sign of duly delegated authority.

Golden chains, you say? A central element of the uniform of rappers and pimps?

Perhaps you'll transform intelligent satire about philanthropy in an oligarchic pomo world into a new genre ... classics-based hiphop aka moral discourse ... and change your moniker from Tutor to Sixty Cents ?

Phil Cubeta

Discounted to Sixty-Cents from one buck. Who has done most to get real civic dialogs going throughout America this year? Has to be Sean Hannity on ObamaCare. That is an authentic Town Meeting format, where we get to meet our appalling neighbors and see what our educational system has produced, no Citizen Left Behind. The style of a Horace, Swift or Rabelais - upper class or populist? Honestly, it was an elite co-optation of Carnival, the Bumpkin's Fair, Public Hangings, the Pillory, the scapegoat rituals, the Bordello, as well as the Mystery Cults. The worst energies set loose, as with Hannity, but channeled to a higher "more civilized" purpose.

wirearchy

Honestly, it was an elite co-optation of Carnival, the Bumpkin's Fair, Public Hangings, the Pillory, the scapegoat rituals, the Bordello, as well as the Mystery Cults.

Delicious, and correct. Seen from outside the fishbowl, all the shenanigans of the last couple years have the distinct air of Burning Man in suits, without the collective purpose ;-)

I wonder what your last comment would sound like set to a rap beat ?

Phil Cubeta

White guy in powdered wig.

tm

That's all well and good, but hardly Godinough. See Seth talk. See Seth tell you that if you're not among the top 100 Tweeterers, you are not a serious nonprofit. Can't you feel the passion? You've got the piss but where's the vinegar? Where's Seth Godin cheering you on, shaking things up, going to lunch? Where's your shame and your fire in the belly? Shake it up!

If your non-profit isn't acting with as much energy and guts as it takes to get funded in Silicon Valley or featured on Digg, then you're failing in your duty to make change.

Phil Cubeta

Thanks, Tom, blogged it. Just came from a board meeting for Interfaith Worker Justice, held at the AFL-CIO convention, where Obama spoke. I looked for Godin there, but did not see him. IWJ works to stop wage theft by employers of poor workers money. They also do organizing, street protests, and a work through religious leaders to leaven our materialistic society with at least some concern for human dignity of all people. Few were twittering there.

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Thank you. My respectability is often in doubt, so any sign that I am a reputable person does my business in wealth bondage good.

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