Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Stop Donating

So as it turns out, most people are simply in the political game for the money.

For example, the Accountability Now organization, which solicits funds in order to support progressive candidates for office. Turns out, all they did with the contributions was pay themselves. That includes $24,000 for Glenn Greenwald. Exactly zero dollars went to electing progressive candidates.

I feel kinda stupid for sending him some money when he asked for it. It wasn't a lot.. but still.

I thought I was contributing to an endeavor that, while impotent, was at least was making some points that I agree with. It seems that Greenwald is simply taking the advice that I keep giving out on my blog. Get money. It really doesn't matter how you do it, as long as you can avoid going to prison.

You are not competing against people on an even playing field. Everyone else is cheating. If you want to pretend there is something noble about being poor but squeaky clean, then fine.. but don't be surprised when being poor sucks.

Of course, it doesn't mean that what Greenwald has been writing about isn't true. It is. His motives are simply financial.. not some righteous indignation about those in power. In that sense.. you have to hand it to him.. writing books, forming progressive organizations and taking money from it, asking for donations.. all very legal and lucrative.

I've been trying to figure out a way to donate money in a way that would have a political effect. Turns out, that's impossible because the entire game is rigged.. and unless you have billions, you have no influence with your $100 donations. So - don't. Don't give any of them any money, no matter who they are.

Instead.. go buy a bunch of dog food for local shelters. You'll feel much better about yourself.

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