Sunday, February 18, 2007

Who really cares?

I posted earlier about this book, and it took a long time to get to the top of my pile, but now that it has, I'm totally intrigued.

Who Really Cares? America's Charity Divide: Who Gives, Who Doesn't, and Why It Matters, by economist Arthur Brooks has really turned my head a bit. At this point, I'm about half-way through the text and then want to dive into the data, which makes up about a third of the book. Brooks makes some very, very interesting points, and so far at least, hasn't been strident or what I would consider too misleading about his data.

It's worth picking up, since I would imagine for most readers it challenges their pre-existing notions of who gives more: liberal or conservative, secular or religious, etc. I'll be interested to see if Brooks comes up with some solutions for the divide, or is just making a statistical case.

More on this in future posts.

1 comment:

Spacerguy said...

I suppose people give what they have. I gave 200 euros to the tsunamis help fund as an initial payment because I had it to give, now I make monthly payments to Gorta. Its important to share and when times get tough people will help you too.