A great many attempts to change something from the inside have turned into the people wanting change being converted to supporting the way things are.
This [Machiavelli quote] explains why real campaign finance that extracts the influence of deep pockets from politics reform will never be enacted.
What career would you say does the most good for the world? Being a doctor, or an aid worker? If you’re optimistic, you might even say being a politician. You probably wouldn’t say working in the City. But it turns out that there’s a strong case for becoming a professional philanthropist – someone who deliberately takes a high-earning job to donate large amounts of money to the most important causes.
Everyone knows that when you go into a high-earning career you can earn absurdly large amounts of money. An average banker might earn about £6 million over a 30 year career.
When we see that number we get just as angry about bankers’ bonuses as anyone else, but we also see an opportunity. Say you decided to donate about half of that. You’d still be immensely well-off. But you would also be giving a lot: enough to employ several doctors in the developing world, or even to set up a charity to do almost anything you like!
By funding several people to be aid workers a banker could help people more than an aid worker could.
Of course, most aid workers help people more than most bankers – but that’s exactly why you should become a banker! If you become a banker then the aid worker who fills your spot will still do quite a lot of good. But if you become an aid worker then the banker who fills your spot will probably do absolutely no good at all.
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