Billionaire Philanthropy: Pilate’s Bloodied Hands

by Beauchamp Art

Is billionaire philanthropy always a good thing?

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have announced plans to devote 99% of their fortune to charity. Is there a downside?

No, billionaire philanthropy simply highlights the underlying systematic inequalities that produces such a disparaging distributions of wealth, resources and power. Those privileged then are enable to display their charity en masse to demonstrate their financial power and in order to accumulate and foster a positive media image, in other words trading financial power for PR power via a third party.

This thereby reinforces their unjust empower polemic position, whilst parading as a positive pariah aiding the paupers and those whom are victimised by the fundamental inequalities to which their billionaire status helped contribute, through direct and indirect exploitation. If this were not the case, then the products of their enterprise would be in the hands of the people that manufacture their goods, and their would be isolated billionaires but a well nourished body of workers. Rather they are given morsels and expected to pray thankfulness whilst begging for more scraps to be tossed from the table of the feast.

The actions of an individual may be positive, but they cannot be consider separately from the overwhelming negative system that enables those in high towers to bequeath charity to those beneath them, for recognition and fame. Whilst the people of the world struggle to support themselves but always will strive to support one another in doing so, not for the glory but for  survival within a society not crafted for their benefit, but the mass exploitation of their strength and will. Pilate shall not wash his hands of blood.

The people shall not worship at the feet of benevolent dictators, nor praise billionaire philanthropist, nor curse his neighbour for the sins of another. The blood of the people that toil and take the load will not be washed away by displays of wealthy egocentric generosity, but their guilt shall only be compounded by their mocking animosity that is an insult to the altruism that they attempt to imitate; wearing the mask of peace whilst hands move with furious greed.



When Pilate saw that he could gain nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see you to it.

Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

Matthew 27, King James Bible