On Philanthropy and the Hearst Castle

I didn’t know William Randolph Hearst was a major league philanthropist until I visited Hearst Castle a few days ago.  I shouldn’t have been suprised.  Many of the so-called “robber barons” of that age (Hearst wasn’t one but he mixed in those circles) left legacies that modern day crony capitalists like Zuckerberg, Bezos, and Soros, et al, should emulate, instead of spending their billions on themselves and investing in LLCs posing as philanthropic organizations.

Hearst was by all accounts a very nice fellow.  He supported hundreds of people employed on his estate throughout the Great Depression and beyond.  He gave away money to starving families and his own family eventually donated much of the land surrounding the castle along with the castle itself to the state of California as a gift, a lasting legacy which stands to this day.

Eventually, Hearst’s profligacy and generosity came to an end, bankrupting him, but we can still enjoy the beauty he and Julian Morgan created.  What do we have to show for our modern day “robber barons”?  Non profits designed to deracinate the people they purport to protect?  LLCs that invest in profitable start-ups that pretend to be charities?  Let’s hope not.  Let’s hope that our (((new age industrialists))) will be as truly generous as the Fords, Vanderbilts, and Rockefellers were-not hoarding their money and spending to promote globalist causes as they seem to do now.

FYI, although Hearst was purportedly the archetype for Citizen Kane, I was told by the Museum tour guide that Orson Wells eventually repudiated that idea.  I’m glad to hear it.  It seems the late Mr. Hearst deserves the gratitude of all Californians.

Elephant seals near Hearst Castle
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