The Values and Politics of Charity

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  1. londonlee says:

    I’m left wondering after reading the article in the WSJ, that as Jews make up about 2% of the U.S. population, and Orthodox Jews even less, how many Jews were included in the final statistics. I am guessing that most of the conclusions were based on Church going Americans, not Shul going ones. This is no way saying that Orthodox Jews do not give more, I’m just not sure that this article supports this assertion.

  2. joel rich says:

    If anyone wants to be my friend (it can even be only for the day:-)) I’d be happy to email the article.

  3. Ellen says:

    An interesting contrast between two excerpts:

    FIRST: “People who opine that government is ‘spending too little money on welfare’…are less likely to give food or money to a homeless person than people who oppose greater welfare spending”

    But later, a nonpartisan disclaimer: “While there may be nothing inherently charitable about political conservatism, today’s conservatives do outperform liberals on most measures of private giving”

    Actually I believe it comes down to a feeling of responsibility. If one believes they are responsible for others, they are more likely to contribute their own resources. If instead they expect the “greater good” to “take care of it” – or perhaps they anticipate the “greater good” will tax them plenty – they would be far more reluctant to give of their own.

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