Stephen Bauman, President and CEO of World Relief, provided a disturbing glimpse into the liberal psyche at a “Justice Conference” Saturday. He told of making friends with an African recipient of American aid:
“When you [Westerners] speak, we must listen,” Bauman recalled his friend saying. “When you give, we have no choice but to receive.”
“He began to unpack this idea of a power differential. No matter how well intended I was, and still am, we have to grapple with how you close that power differential gap. And that is not easy to do,” Bauman said.
Some of the ways to do that, the World Relief CEO said, is to bring those who receive aid into the strategy and planning, and to give them power. Too few who work in relief efforts are talking about transferring power, Bauman believes.
If savages in remote African hellholes were in a position to determine how to spend aid money most constructively, they would be competent enough not to need it. But how charities choose to mismanage money they acquire voluntarily isn’t nearly as large a problem as the coercive application of this notion of “transferring power” from those who produce wealth to those who do not. It can only result in an unstable master–slave relationship, in which idle parasites are the masters, and slaves have no incentive to work.
Bauman’s politically correct but morally and economically depraved mentality helps explain people who voluntarily donned chains by voting for Obama despite working for a living.
On a tip from Matt L.