On Being Rich, But Not That Rich

Do we have the right to criticize billionaires when we are still, comparatively, very wealthy?

Zulie Rane


Photo by Ishan @seefromthesky on Unsplash

If you’re on Twitter, you probably saw Jack Dorsey (co-founder and CEO of Twitter dot com) tweet about “fasting” and asking people if their experiences tallied with his 22-hour fast, or three-day water fast. Apparently, he finds the days go by slower.

The irony, people were quick to point out in the replies, is that Jack is vastly wealthy. Like, very, very wealthy. He will never have to experience hunger that isn’t by choice. And as Twitter becomes more lucrative, he’s only getting richer.

He could ask the people at soup kitchens or homeless shelters what it’s like to be hungry, as in a very real way he may have caused some of them to become homeless. Instead, he posts something #brofound (thank you @VictorDesklamp) and nevertheless avoids censure.

Unlike many other founders or CEOs of successful tech companies, Jack isn’t a philanthropist.

“…I have given over 15 million shares…back to both Square and the Start Small Foundation, a new organization I created to meaningfully invest in the folks who inspire us: artists, musicians, and local businesses, with a special focus on under served communities around the world.” — Jack Dorsey

The one charitable initiative he started seems to not exist. It doesn’t have a website, a Twitter account, and it isn’t listed under section 501(c)3 of the U.S. tax code. Not only does he not seem to donate much at all, he appears to have lied about the giving he does do.

In 2019, rich people are getting richer. Poor people are getting poorer. And rich people make token donations (or don’t support others at all) while posting vague pseudo-scientific posts about fasting, without…