A new book by economist Arthur C. Brooks provides the empirical evidence to back up my arguments. Thank you Mr. Brooks. According to one write-up/review of Brooks' forthcoming book:
The book's basic findings are that conservatives who practice religion, live in traditional nuclear families and reject the notion that the government should engage in income redistribution are the most generous Americans, by any measure.Finally, evidence for something I and others have known intuitively for some time.
Conversely, secular liberals who believe fervently in government entitlement programs give far less to charity. They want everyone's tax dollars to support charitable causes and are reluctant to write checks to those causes, even when governments don't provide them with enough money.
liberals give less than conservatives in every way imaginable, including volunteer hours and donated blood.
Anytime you read something like this: Christians are hypocrites, etc. You should exercise a little skepticism. There is a hostility towards religious persons and especially Christians among elements of the political left, secularists, and in higher education.
Alternatively, the title of this post could have read:
Compassionate Conservatives: As Charitable With Their Own Money As Secular Democrats Are With Other People'sHopefully this will quiet the critics who say that conservatives hypocritically only care about the unborn, etc., etc, whatever.
And, lest you think this is some conservative screed, consider this quote from a Harvard professor:
Harvey Mansfield, professor of government at Harvard University and 2004 recipient of the National Humanities Medal, does not know Brooks personally but has read the book.For more information, take a look at these findings on charitable giving.
"His main finding is quite startling, that the people who talk the most about caring actually fork over the least," he said. "But beyond this finding I thought his analysis was extremely good, especially for an economist. He thinks very well about the reason for this and reflects about politics and morals in a way most economists do their best to avoid."
(h/t M. Lybbert, Greg Mankiw)
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