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THE ART OF FAKE GENEROSITY (working title)

Lionel Astruc

  • Original Title: L'ART DE LA FAUSSE GÉNÉROSITÉ
  • Publication date: March 2019
  • Publisher: ACTES SUD
  • Country: FR
  • 128 print pages
  • Factual/Investigation

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: United States
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Capitalism, Power, Looking back on one's life, Manipulation, Corruption, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment

Pitch

A book arguing that behind the veneer, Bill Gates's philanthropy is actually a well-tuned mechanism for serving the most environmentally unfriendly multinationals and the corporations most undermining global health and social justice.

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Lionel Astruc is a French writer. He is the author of seventeen books on ecological transition. He has conducted numerous surveys on commodity chains, the origins of our consumer goods and pioneering initiatives to transform society.

Summary

In the past few years, the IT giant Bill Gates has become an icon of philanthropy, and is often cited in the media as a model of generosity. Behind the veneer however Bill Gates's philanthropy is actually a well-tuned mechanism for serving the most environmentally unfriendly multinationals and the corporations most undermining global health and social justice. It is also a tool for advancing his own economic interests.

By following the financial transactions underlying Bill and Melinda Gates's charity activities, this work provides proof of this self-interest, revealing the IT magnate's cunning sleight of hand. Each transaction involves its own tax avoidance schemes, conflicts of interest and illegal deals enabling him to control a series of vital processes. He actively finances research into GM foods, arms sales, fossil fuel development, large-scale distribution networks and pharmaceutical laboratories. His credo is technology - the solution for our ecological woes, coupled with a rejection of agroecology, social justice and democracy. His financial control of international organizations like the WHO in areas of development, health and agriculture ride roughshod over the democratic-decision making of governments and citizens. Any expression of concern on the part of NGOs and scientists is silenced due to their financial dependency on Bill Gates's money.

This practice of philanthro-capitalism has expanded among the super-rich. In the process, billionaires have begun superseding States and their education, agricultural and health policies. Democracy is under threat.

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