According to The Atlantic, there is such a thing going on called the demonization of philanthropy. This is going on on both sides of the political divide, with Democrats demonizing people like the Koch brothers and Robert Mercer, and people on the right demonizing people like George Soros. According to The Atlantic, conspiracy theories about right-wing philanthropists are more accurate in general than conspiracy theories about left-wing and progressive philanthropists.
However, this demonization is terrible for democracy. First of all, it can be used by dictators to stifle activism and prevent people from making philanthropic donations to promote democracy and freedom. It also stifles discussion about what role philanthropists have in our democracy and whether what they do is appropriate.
Philanthropy originally was not used to refer to large-scale giving. Instead, it was used to refer to large-scale activism, meaning the promotion of various ideals and universal ideas. As the progressive and reformist movements continued to grow, philanthropy referred to the promotion of their ideals. Philanthropy only came to refer to large-scale giving after the industrial revolution. When factories started to be built, and more and more people started to become abundantly wealthy, they started to give money to support universal ideals on a large scale, and it started to be referred to as philanthropy. This is despite the fact that the root of the world philanthropy really has nothing to do with charity. You have to admit that both of these definitions refer to changing society on a large scale for the better. For example, Rockefeller was a well-known philanthropist who used his wealth to promote various ideals.
The truth is that people have been demonizing philanthropists since the very beginning. Even before philanthropy came to refer to large-scale giving, people demonized activists who wanted to bring about changes in society for the better. Now that philanthropy refers to large-scale giving, people continue to demonize philanthropists.
It is true that the United States has been friendly to philanthropists. However, the political system and atmosphere in America are causing the demonization of philanthropists by providing the opportunity for extremists to demonize them. The political atmosphere is one of suspicion and one without any trust. People are too suspicious of each other. Suspicions have been developing for decades. Progressives were suspicious of philanthropists because they were worried that they would create a shadow state that would be stronger than the federal government. Conservatives have been suspicious of nonprofit organizations. Some anti-communists were suspicious of philanthropist for possibly promoting communist ideas and even caused Congress to start investigating communist activities.
This is all wrong and needs to stop. We must support philanthropists in the great work that they do. George Soros is an immigrant from Hungary and London and has worked hard to make sure that people who need help get the help that they deserve. He lived under the Nazis and really wants to help other people out.