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Les USA et les 40 philanthrocapitalistes

Francis Lambert


Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and the world’s richest men are giving half their fortunes to charity
the new phenomenon of “philanthrocapitalism”
– a high-concept form of charity that Gates, Buffett and their all-star cast of super-rich supporters predict will reshape the 21st century. (...) an emerging trend towards blending charitable giving with market disciplines. (...) They talk in modish business-speak about “community entrepreneurship”, “social returns” and “for-profit philanthropy”, and specialise in turning up at exclusive global gatherings like the Davos Economic Forum to tell politicians and bankers what they are doing wrong.
while there is no doubt that Gates’s work is saving lives, there are serious doubts about its long-term effectiveness. A common complaint is that the foundation’s fund-raising arm – operating independently of the charitable side – invests its assets in companies that allegedly pollute the environment, exploit poor workers and distort the global financial system. Another is that its wealth and starry image lures health workers and medical resources away from less glamorous areas of need.
In other words, as a long critique in the American magazine Foreign Affairs puts it, the foundation gives with one hand and takes away with the other.
“Why should the rich and famous decide how schools are going to be reformed, or what drugs will be supplied at prices affordable to the poor, or which civil society groups will get funding for their work?”
“If the rich really wish to create a better world,” complained a contributor to the Guardian last week, “they can sign another pledge: to pay their taxes on time and in full… to give their employees better wages, pensions, job protection and working conditions…”

Exemple de congés non-payés imposés aux universités US

Francis Lambert


CSU Employee Furloughs – Impact on Classes

This year across this campus and around the CSU system, some class days will be cancelled because of furloughs.  A furlough is mandatory unpaid time off; faculty and staff on each CSU campus are being “furloughed” two days a month.

These cancelled classes are marked on your syllabus below.  It is important to recognize that these days off are not holidays.  Instead, they are concrete examples of how massive state budget cuts have consequences for you as students and for me as a faculty member.

The CSU has suffered chronic underfunding for at least 10 years.  This year, the budget cuts are the worst in the history of the university system—$584 million or 20% of our budget.