Sympathy for the Poor

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Late 18th Century: Adam Smith urged the privileged.

It was in their self-interest.

To display sympathy for the poor.

If insufficient, capitalism couldn’t function properly.

Early 21st Century: Big Profits get their PR departments.

To peddle corporate social responsibility.

Monopolies insert themselves into the social justice scene.

Pious statements against racism and donations to fight it.

Another marketing tactic to show we care.

Cable news channels wring their hands.

We’ll be back after the break.

We pay lip service to causes.

We feel better by pitying the black man.

Protest is temporary and cathartic.

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