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We don't want the state to have a lock  on charity. The point is that charity and philantropy should not be an excuse to neglect social policy, nor should they be our social policy. I suppose charity is ok to a point, as it represents civil society organising itself to provide services that the state doesn't. But philantropy is the social policy of feudalism and advanced democracies should be able to do better.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Nov 25th, 2006 at 07:07:07 AM EST
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