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Jeff Bezos Wants to Give More Money to Charity. He Should Pay His Workers First.

Sat, Sep 2, 2017 at 2:04:14 pm

This is the story of our age, the disruption and change turned out to all be about screwing middle class workers when you get to end effect. Amazon contracts out their warehouse work to gig economy pirate capitalist groups.

One of the wealthiest men in the world is thinking of ways to give back. But he’s still taking from the very people who helped him build his fortune.

Earlier this summer, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ― whose company has bought Whole Foods Market and who has inched closer to overtaking Bill Gates as the richest man on earth — invited his Twitter followers to help him come up with ideas on how he should donate some of his fortune. (The tweet, it turns out, was likely prompted by questions from The New York Times about his charitable endeavors.)

But as Bezos, whose worth now exceeds $80 billion, loosens his pockets, it’s important to put his charitable giving — and the philanthropy of the super-rich — into perspective: Many people worked hard for Bezos to help make him so rich, and he has a record of treating them poorly.

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