Publisher description for Who really cares : the surprising truth about compassionate conservatism : America's charity divide--who gives, who doesn't, and why it matters / Arthur C. Brooks ; foreword by James Q. Wilson.


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We all know we should give to charity, but who really does? Approximately three-quarters of Americans give their time and money to various charities, churches, and causes; the other quarter of the population does not. Why has America split into two nations: givers and non-givers? Arthur Brooks, a top scholar of economics and public policy, has spent years researching this trend, and even he was surprised by what he found. In Who Really Cares, he demonstrates conclusively that conservatives really are compassionate-far more compassionate than their liberal foes. Strong families, church attendance, earned income (as opposed to state-subsidized income), and the belief that individuals, not government, offer the best solution to social ills-all of these factors determine how likely one is to give. Charity matters--not just to the givers and to the recipients, but to the nation as a whole. It is crucial to our prosperity, happiness, health, and our ability to govern ourselves as a free people. In Who Really Cares, Brooks outlines strategies for expanding the ranks of givers, for the good of all Americans.



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Charities -- United States.
Voluntarism -- United States.
Liberals -- Charitable contributions -- United States.
Conservatives -- Charitable contributions -- United States.
Charity -- Political aspects.