I just finished reading Ron Suskind's The Way of the World, and one of the book's main themes was how in the past decade or so, America has lost its moral authority in the world by giving in to the specific temptations that come with great power: deliberate deceptions, a lack of respect and understanding for both our allies and our enemies, and on and on. More than once he mentioned the Marshall Plan, the post-WWII aid program to help rebuild Europe, as an example of our last great exercise in giving and also as a model for how to rebuild our moral authority through sacrificial giving. During the four years following WWII, the equivalent of nearly 20% of a year's US GDP was given in aid. As compared to now, when today we give less than .2% of our GDP in foreign aid. That is 0.2%, folks. Zero point two percent.
So, if as Anonymous pointed out, we give significantly to charities as individuals, why is it that our foreign aid has dropped so starkly? I really want to know, actually. Because obviously my brain can't process this kind of thing.
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