Deb Avery 
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Re: “The Bacon-Wrapped Economy

Questions of ethics, culture, and virtue are ancient. Philosophers, religious and secular, have long raised the questions of what it is to be human and what it is to live in community. It's good to read this as it seems you are joining that conversation.

To me, if your readers simply want to go down the path of arguing about the comparison of old money/new money or traditional philanthropy vs. next-gen funding, this really avoids the bigger questions which could help define justice and equity for the generations that follow. Ultimately, when the pendulum swings (and it will because it always does), the questions of a fair life for all in the community have the potential to explode in the same ways they have at particular moments in history where the pressure became overwhelming. I think there is a good warning for us in the Bay Area.

I know history can be boring but isn't there something about if we don't learn from our past, we are doomed to repeat it? So, what can we learn from things like the Peasant's Revolt, or the American and French Revolutions? Is there wisdom for us in the run-up to riots in Watts, Harlem, Detroit, Los Angeles, and even Attaca? Do Apartheid and The Holocaust have something to offer us in terms of how we understand oppression and community silence in the face of it? I don't have a lot of answers, but maybe these questions are worth a look.

Thanks for writing!

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Posted by Deb Avery on 03/23/2013 at 6:40 PM

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