Err In The Direction of Kindness

George Saunders delivered the commencement speech at Syracuse University for the class of 2013. Here’s an excerpt. You can find the complete speech at: http://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/31/george-saunderss-advice-to-graduates/ “Your life is going to be a gradual process of becoming kinder and more loving: Hurry up. Speed it along. Start right now....

The Charitable-Industrial Complex

Several months ago I posted about “The Poverty-Creation Industry, so I was fascinated to see Peter Buffett’s (son of Warren Buffett) New York Times Op-Ed on the “The Charitable-Industrial Complex.” Peter starts by discussing the unintended consequences of well intentioned people trying to solve complex problems with out an understanding of the complex...