Jared's Reviews > Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compasionate Conservatism Who Gives, Who Doesn't, and Why It Matters

Who Really Cares by Arthur C. Brooks
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Mar 01, 11

Read in March, 2011

This is a wonderful look at the factors that increase charitable giving and acts in America. Being more conservative, more religious, and less reliant on the government (ideologically and actually) result in higher rates of giving financially and through service to both religious and secular causes. What I thought was interesting is that working poor if they make the same amount of money as non-working (i.e., welfare) poor nonetheless give at much higher rates. I also like the overall point that, contrary to what many people (particularly Europeans and liberals) say, America as a whole is extremely charitable (well, at least many within America are). There also is some evidence that people who give more earn more and in turn give more because of their increased earnings.

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