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Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth about Compassionate Conservatism Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 27, 2006
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"The next time you find yourself in a conversation about how liberals are caring and compassionate while conservatives are selfish and hard-hearted, you might want to refer your interlocutors to Who Really Cares."--First Things (December 06)
"Provocative... It's not just that charity helps those on the receiving end, says Brooks, an economist at Syracuse University in New York. It also strengthens the cohesion of society at large. Moreover, it appears to make the givers themselves more successful, possibly because the activity transforms them somewhat into better or happier people. Whatever the reasons, he finds that higher income tends to push up charity - and that greater charity tends to push up income."--Christian Science Monitor (11/27/06)
"[B]reaks new ground... In WHO REALLY CARES, Arthur C. Brooks finds that religious conservatives are far more charitable than secular liberals, and that those who support the idea that government should redistribute income are among the least likely to dig into their own wallets to help others."--Chronicle of Philanthropy (11/23/06)
Top Customer Reviews
Brooks defines religious people as those who attend a place of worship at least once a week (roughly 30% of the population), and secularists as those who do not believe in a diety or attend a place of worship one time a year or less (20% of the population). That clearly leaves a large "middle class" where I suspect the statistics are hazy.
Contrary to comments in a previous review (by Richard Bennet), Brooks does address the issue of who the aid is given to. The statistics hold independent of the recipient of the donation or how the donation is solicited. Compared to secularists, religious people are more likely to donate to secular organizations or when the recipient is not local or is unknown. Religious people are more likely to make a donation when asked (by any organization, religious or not) than secularists.
Brooks also addresses the issue (in an entire chapter) of comparing US generosity with the generosity of other countries. Foreign aid as a percentage of GDP by the US federal government may be smaller than some nations, but private donations more than make up for the difference.Read more ›
The main point that stood out to me was religious people are the real givers; it doesn't matter what their voting preference is. If you have faith in the Almighty you're more likely to love ("charity" according to 1 Corinthians ch 13) your neighbor.
The one negative is that the book has a political slant. No, it doesn't say we need to vote conservative and Brooks goes as far as even challenging liberals to change their philanthropic ways. But, it seems as if everything in our society revolves around politics.
Brooks is a clever writer that uses common language. The chapters are well thought out and the book is short enough to digest in one reading. I recommend this book to all non-profit organizations, economics students, and anyone looking to affirm their faith in charity.
The author is a professor at Syracuse. He was raised a liberal, was liberal most his life, but in grad school he studied public policy and then became an independent.
The author did not conduct these surveys. He used data from reputable sources (government agencies, non-partisan research groups, etc.). Here are some key findings of his research:
Nearly the same percentage of liberals and conservatives do volunteer work (1% difference), but conservatives donate much more time
The same percentage of liberals and conservatives donate money, but conservatives donate 30% more and earn 6% less
Conservatives give more money than liberals in every income class
Poor people who don't accept welfare give much more than poor people who do accept welfare
religious people give more than non-religious people
religious people give more to secular causes than non-religious people
The average family in San Francisco and South Dakota both give $1300 away each year, even though families in San Francisco make 78% more!
The percent of people that give to charity is higher among poor people who don't believe in income redistribution than rich people who favor income redistribution (welfare, closing the income gap, etc.) !!! [It is easy to want to give other people's money away and pat yourself on the back for advocating it, all the time calling people uncompassionate for not agreeing with you.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Boy is this an eye opener. Lots of good stats. Brooks is the President of the highly respected conservative think tank, AEI or American Enterprise Institjte -- which boasts a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by IMLee-221B Baker St
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Originally Professor Brooks set out to statistically prove that liberals are more caring, more giving, more generous. Oops! His data proved exactly the opposite. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Jaeger
Read half of it since I was running low on time for a paper. Written well, easy to read. I chose this one out of a list of around 10 books just because ethics, donations,... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jennifer Trautman
Good book. Lots of statistics. The important thing is the interpretation of the statistics is pretty clear and understandable.Published 11 months ago by Brian
Don't be tempted to buy into the liberal, socialist nonsense by which they claim themselves to be more caring and generous than you. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
statistics used were not accurate and it was very biased. Would never get someone a PhD.Published 20 months ago by Della Willmann