21 June, 2005

A false sort of philanthropy

I have found my quote of the week:

To be a great philanthropist with other people's money really is not very persuasive. — Judge Leonard Sand

Thus did the judge dismiss arguments by a CEO's lawyers that, since he used for philanthropic ends some of the money that he stole from the company, his sentence should be lighter than otherwise.

It's an excellent observation, which we can apply to a great many other circumstances. I thought about giving some examples, but it was too difficult to do so in an even-handed manner.

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