Shoestrings attached

posted by
June 13, 2011
The American Prospect
by Courtney E. Martin  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"In 2006, TOMS began selling simple canvas shoes. But the business itself was not simple, because it was created to be equal parts shoe seller and shoe charity: For each pair purchased, the company donated another pair to a poor child somewhere in the world. TOMS became wildly popular, especially among the young and hip. ... But before do-gooder consumers get carried away with the guilt-free prospect of getting hip gear and making a difference in one credit-card swipe, they should take a closer look at whether combining retail and charity is as effective as it can be." [editor's note: This writer says, "The one-to-one charity model attacks poverty in the wrong way;" I say she's 180 degrees off. Quick poll: Who's correct? - SAT] (06/13/11)

http://prospect.org/cs/articles?article=shoestrings_attached  
  • MamaLiberty

    "what they really need are long-term economic-development solutions that they, themselves, control."

    Yes, and a truly free market is necessary for that to happen. That means that every and any business model that does not involve theft or fraud is free to innovate, sell their products to willing buyers, and generate the wealth needed to eliminate the poverty caused by government interference and theft.

    Nobody has any obligation to right all the ills of the world, or to even attempt it. Everyone can right the wrongs being done in their own lives and communities if they really care and take personal responsibility for themselves. That's were it has to start.

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