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Malice charity

Pay for bad things to happen to bad people.
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Most charities are premised on help. One donates to help others - either those in need or those engaged in activities the donor approves. Often the funds so donated go in large part or in total for other purposes: administrative overhead, side projects of the charity or associated organization etc. But why must it always be the well meaning and large hearted who are bilked? Could one use such a mechanism to bleed the evil? I was impressed recently about persons quoted in the paper, expressing dissatisfaction with the degree of punishment to be meted out to a convinct. These people wanted more. Would they pay to get it?

The Malice Charity would not be named that, but would be that. Donors would sponsor some additional punishment or degrading act of their choice to be administered to a convict. Donors could pool resources or act singly.

The Malice Charity would be much like charities in which the donor ostensibly helps some suffering child, and receives good feelings by the thought of this help. and possibly also a picture of a dewy eyed child with new shoes on. Whether the help really occurs is a different matter, but it might. Or might not, according to administrative costs and other budget items. Similarly the Malice Charity donors would update about the deeds they fund and send photos of disgruntled / irate convicts. Donors could feel good about that, or possibly feel evil about that depending on how you think about it.

The other benefit of the Malice Charity is that, like other charities, it compiles a list of donors: people of a certain ilk who might be receptive to other similar appeals. I suspect that a list of people proven to have harm in their hearts would be a valuable commodity for political candidates and salesmen.

bungston, Apr 19 2010


       I'd give money to distribute black soap about the organizations I disagree with. Sub-rosa PR is fair play in my book. On the other hand I think this is already quite baked.
WcW, Apr 19 2010

       Could you give an example? My only guess is with a obvious money trail, success could only come from a "seemly" accidental event. So I could pay to have the head of AIG splashed by a passing taxi?
MisterQED, Apr 19 2010

Voice, Apr 19 2010

       This would be "a new way of torturing a person for pleasure or revenge," yes?
mouseposture, Apr 20 2010

       + ... except no torture.
Mustardface, Apr 20 2010

       Mustardface gets it!
bungston, Apr 20 2010

       Quite right. I beg your pardon.
mouseposture, Apr 20 2010

       I do have a few problems with the ethics of this enterprise, but the concept is really quite clever, even though scam artists and grifters have been utilizing versions of it since time immemorial. It's the very nature of the "short con".
jurist, Apr 20 2010

       many advocacy groups use "aggressive" tactics. a little airing of dirty underthings hidden in the closet can be very efficacious, and not just in politics. quite a few of the more recent "fallen preachers" were the result of privately funded investigations by advocacy groups.
WcW, Apr 20 2010

       I do?! (rereads quickly) Oh! I do! (look of amazement as though he has just won a prize in a contest.)  Yes, I do see, we're only SAYING we're going to do e-ville so we can bilk millions from the evil-hearted and spend it on administrative costs (us) while sending fake pictures of evil we've done back to the bilkees. Might even really screw those evil donors by doing something kind-hearted with the money while they think we're torturing criminals.   

Mustardface, Apr 20 2010


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