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The Downside Of Philanthropy

Warren Buffett is poised, through tens of billions in charitable donations, to literally change the face of international philanthropy and relief effo

Warren Buffett is poised, through tens of billions in charitable donations, to literally change the face of international philanthropy and relief efforts. The ability to ease suffering, combat disease, and reduce poverty received an unprecedented boost. It is, by any reasonable definition, a development to celebrate.

Naturally, everyone around the world is impressed and inspired by the generosity. Well, almost everyone.

Warren Buffett's new philanthropic alliance with fellow billionaire Bill Gates won widespread praise this week, but anti-abortion activists did not join in, instead assailing the two donors for their longtime support of Planned Parenthood and international birth-control programs.

One far-right critic went so far as to call Buffett "the Dr. Mengele of philanthropy."

Is this really where the right wants to go? Lashing out the most generous philanthropists the world has ever seen?

-- Guest Post by Steve Benen, The Carpetbagger Report

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