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MacKenzie Scott’s Bold and Direct Giving Puts Shame to the Billionaire Class and their Perpetual Private Foundations.

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/12/15/mackenzie-scotts-bold-and-direct-giving-puts-shame-billionaire-class-and-their

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I guess it’s not hard to see why she parted ways with her ex-husband, one has a soul, and the other doesn’t.


a mensch of the highest order! thank you mackenzie! stay safe and happy holidays to you and all the rest of us.


A book about the real philanthropists - The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell - a socialist classic on how working people are willing accomplices in their own robbery.

A revealing chapter here:

Full book available online free at:

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Thank you for your apparently tireless work at your site and others.

I think the portion you have set aside at the worldsocialism site is fantastic.
(I have not read the book)


( audio book, read by Tradhg )

Running Time:
Zip file size:
622 MB

Clearly frustrated at the refusal of his contemporaries to recognise the iniquity of society, Tressell’s cast of hypocritical Christians, exploitative capitalists and corrupt councillors provide a backdrop for his main target
— the workers who think that a better life is “not for the likes of them”. Hence the title of the book; Tressell paints the workers as “philanthropists” who throw themselves into back-breaking work for poverty wages in order to generate profit for their masters.

[The hero of the book, Frank Owen, is a socialist who believes that the capitalist system is the real source of the poverty he sees all around him. In vain he tries to convince his fellow workers of his world view, but finds that their education has trained them to distrust their own thoughts and to rely on those of their “betters”. Much of the book consists of conversations between Owen and the others, or more often of lectures by Owen in the face of their jeering; this was presumably based on Tressell’s own experiences.] (Summary by Tadhg)

Our long-awaited graphic novel adaptation of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell published by SelfMadeHero is out now!
(this site is slow, but very good-be patient)
currently sold out

Cheers for providing these links.

The novel is very popular and influential in the UK’s left-wing circles but not so well-known in the US, perhaps because of the early English 20thC setting, the political background of the time and the author’s prose style. You links attempt to rectify those.

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