He explains that “the best thing a man can do for his culture when he is rich is to endeavor to carry out those schemes which he entertained when he was poor” (Thoreau 10). Because the rich are normally those who have power, his stance on that particular matter put him in a dangerous position. Thoreau had great influence on future leaders.
Since the other two decisions had many faults the third was put into motion. Andrew Carnegie wanted to create a capitalist system, which involved the lower class working underneath of the wealthy, who would then give their surplus of wealth to society The duty of the wealthy is to set an example of modesty among the wealthy, to provide for the needs of those that depend on him and to lend money to his fellow man to give back to the community. The man of wealths duties as carnegie explained in paragraph nine is to “provide the poor a trustee and a sole agent that provides them with wisdom experience and doing for them better than they would do or could do for themselves.” ( Carnegie, paragraph nine). THis system would give the wealthy many responsibilities, but Carnegie believed it was their duty to help others when they were unable to help
Stanley feels that income inequality and poverty is an engineering issue and not a tithe. Stanley solution is focus money elsewhere, like education, instead of forcing redistribution. Stanley argues that taking from the rich would do more harm than good because they make these big foundations and donate to people in need of
Carnegie viewed philanthropy as critical for directing these inadequacies. He called on persons having the biggest fruits of the financial system to use their fortune to construct the best beneficial outcomes for the public. This would guarantee that all of humanity would gain, reducing dislikes that might eventually lead to replacement of a generous system of free originality with a little creative, one made on jealousy and
This theory, Social Darwinism, was applied to the monopolistic efforts of businessmen as John D. Rockefeller, Jr. so eloquently stated: “The growth of a large business is merely the survival of the fittest” (Nash p. 417). The Gospel of Wealth based on Social Darwinism is the notion that the massive wealth held by prosperous businessmen was for the social benefit of everyone. The advocates of the Gospel of Wealth such as Andrew Carnegie, Russell Conwell, and Horatio Alger linked wealth with a sense of heightened responsibility as those with more wealth had an equally great obligation to society. Each of the advocates of the Gospel of Wealth came from diverse backgrounds, but preached the same ideals. One of the many Gospel of Wealth advocates was Andrew Carnegie, 1835-1919, who was an industrialist who emigrated from Scotland to American in 1848 (Wall, ANBO).
Underpinnings and Effectiveness of Carnegie’s “Gospel of Wealth” In Andrew Carnegie’s “Gospel of Wealth”, Carnegie proposed a system of which he thought was best to dispose of “surplus wealth” through progress of the nation. Carnegie wanted to create opportunities for people “lift themselves up” rather than directly give money to these people. This was because he considered that giving money to these people would be “improper spending”. Through Social Darwinism, he hoped to dispose of the problems of: the Darwinian intellectual revolution, Eugenies, and the hierarchy of race. However his system was inherently flawed because Carnegie built this system on racism and warmongering.
Argument Essay: The Welfare Debate What is welfare? Why is it so controversial? According to Webster's Dictionary, welfare is “the state of doing well, especially in respect to good fortune, happiness, well-being, or prosperity” or “aid in the form of money or necessities for those in need.” The welfare debate is whether or not there should be more welfare money distributed verses programs available that teach the skills to help people get better paying jobs. Programs associated with government welfare should be enforced so that individuals do not take advantage of the system because citizens who are on welfare tend to rely on the government for money, giving away money does not equal aid, and responsibility needs to be taught. Some believe that if there is more money distributed that it will help more people out of poverty.
In accordance with Singer’s argument, after buying the necessities needed to survive, the superfluous money should be contributed to charity, in view of the fact that charitable donations are a direct reflection of one’s values and perspectives. As John F Kennedy Jr. said, “it is easy for rich people just to write a check for charity; however, showing up and spending time with those in need was harder, but more important.” JFK’s statement shows how charitable donations are a direct reflection of ones values and perspectives by pronouncing the issue of just writing a check for exhibition to the public, it needs to come from deep in the heart and soul. Some say, if a person does not donate all unnecessary money to charity, does that reflect badly
Some say that Andrew Carnegie was not the hero that he pretended to be. The immense fortune he had amassed was created not altogether honestly. The essay written by Carnegie himself titled The Gospel of Wealth argues that rich men are “‘trustees’ of their wealth” but have the responsibility to use money for the benefit of the public (Andrew Carnegie). This belief is evident in some of Carnegie’s more public acts; large donations towards schools were meant to show the tycoon in a more pleasant light. Ernsberger