Nonprofits: Transforming Volunteerism to The Marxist Administrative State
“To Profit…or Not to Profit?
That is the question.
Whether ‘tis easier to enslave a people
Via strings, slings and arrows of outrageous taxation, codes and edicts;
Or by contracted and controlled deceptions of volunteerism, faith based initiatives, credentials of pride, and humanitarian sounding causes.”
Volunteerism is defined as:
“Any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than, or in addition to, close relatives.
Central to this definition is the fact that volunteering must be a choice freely made by each individual. This can include formal activity undertaken through public, private and voluntary organizations as well as informal community participation.”
A “Nonprofit” is defined as: A business organization that serves some public purpose and therefore enjoys special treatment under the law. Nonprofit corporations, contrary to their name, can make a profit but can’t be designed primarily for profit-making.
Recall that the stated goals of Karl Marx, father of Marxism, aka Socialism, were to dethrone God and to destroy Capitalism. Marx’s goals were to remove an individual’s God given liberties, and replace self-government under God, with intellectuals who would centrally plan society on the basis of distribution of material goods. Supposedly somewhat equal distribution; yet, in reality like Animal Farm a redistribution in which some are deemed more equal than others.
Central to the success of this Marxist agenda is to defame the benefits of free market capitalism. Central to free market capitalism is the freedom to choose one’s livelihood– to make a profit for one’s labor, product, property, or services, so that one could pursue enjoyment of those inalienable rights granted by God and for which Republican governments form by the consent of those governed.
Additional benefits of free market capitalism include the ability to volunteer and use one’s resources to assist in helping others be productive citizens or to care for those who, for various reasons, are unable to provide for themselves.
Along the continuum of our Republic, the United States of America, from:
The Wilson-Gorham Tariff Act of 1894 to the 1909 rewrite carving out an exemption from the corporate income tax to what became ratified in 1913 as the 16th Amendment on Income Tax; to the 1954 Johnson Amendment which prohibits tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates (which happens to be in violation of First Amendment Rights of Freedom of Speech)… our volunteerism became hijacked by government tax exemption favors.
Thus, enters the “nonprofit” tax exemption seeds of Progressive intent to transform America to Marxism: (interesting how it was the Chamber of Commerce who lobbied for this expansion of non profit status back in 1913)
“As finally enacted, the law exempted “any corporation or association organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, or educational purposes, no part of the net income of which inures to the benefit of any private stockholder or individual.” But it also provided that the new income tax did not apply to “business leagues, nor to chambers of commerce or boards of trade, not organized for profit or no part of the net income of which inures to the benefit of the private stockholder or individual; nor to any civic league or organization not organized for profit, but operated exclusively for the promotion of social welfare.”
We could stop right here and analyze how many parents, patriots and tax paying citizens today, do not perceive the Chamber of Commerce as acting exclusively in the promotion of social welfare. Well, on second thought, perhaps they are– since government welfare, as entitlement has spread its tentacles to include: Corporate, Municipal, Individual and Nonprofits’ welfare; redistributing other peoples’ money to other people and organizations.
“The more bureaucratic an organization,
The greater the extent to which useless work tends to displace useful work.”
Gammon’s Theory of Bureaucratic Displacement
Backtracking to the part about “no part of net income of which inures to the benefit of private stockholder or individual.”
Nonprofits such as the Chamber of Commerce, the Red Cross, the YMCA, and a host of designated nonprofit Healthcare hospitals, clinics, labs, and the warp speed expansion of social justice, social welfare, religious, educational, social “services” designated “nonprofits”, do in fact pay employees in tangible money for their “labors” or is it “volunteerism”? To the observer it is often indistinguishable in that many a paid employee works with the attitude of a volunteer. (This statement is a double edged sword, in that volunteers can and do work more than their share of sweat equity…whilst many others…well….you know, my mom would not call this “working.”)
Many CEO’s of nonprofits earn six and seven figure benefit packages. Check out the salaries for CEO’s of Red Cross, United Way, March of Dimes, UNICEF, or your Midwestern Children’s Hospital CEO’s who average 1.4 million per year. So, does this mean the CEO’s and other employees distribute the funds to themselves to be certain to comply with the “net income” qualifier?
The point is that obviously a “nonprofit” employs many people, more than just “volunteers” who are unpaid. These nonprofits are competing against for-profit businesses who provide similar services, and who do pay taxes which get redistributed to government contracting nonprofits, faith based initiatives, colleges, schools, community social clubs, special interest groups, community organizers and bureaucrats of varying degrees and insect authority.
In reality, many “nonprofits” earn far more Profits than for-profit businesses. Yet, the nonprofits enjoy tax exemption status at costs far more concerning than just the dollar amounts of lost revenue to the nation…revenue which could be used toward truly productive work, employing folks to be self sufficient and not dependent on the nonprofits keeping themselves “employed” as czars of socialism.
Nonprofits are influenced, intimidated, contracted, coerced and controlled by State and Federal Governments and often by Global Headquarters—thereby fulfilling The Humanist Manifesto article fourteen which states its opposition to “acquisitive and profit-motivated society” and its call for an egalitarian world community based on voluntary mutual cooperation. (Humanist Manifesto I, 1933)
It is a far different thing to work for a for profit business, or for your own business and using your own personal resources to assist others face to face, than it is to be paid as a nonprofit middleman brainstorming how to write grant proposals to use other peoples’ money to “assist” (make dependent) other people on your nonprofit organization’s “services” for which you get paid to redistribute and write more “research” papers on how successful your efforts are in order to create more infrastructure to support more programs and dependents. And to keep yourself and your growing staff “employed.”
Recent examples of these dangerous nonprofit-government vassal alliances include the:
Government grant contracts for national Preschool with faith based nonprofits, placing children fully in the data pipeline, on dictated curriculums, and catalyzing social emotional group herd mentality for “wards of state”;
The Nationalization of Education via College and Career Ready Standards, placing all public schools and private voucher scholarship participating schools (non profits) in league with data gathering, and anti-Faith curriculums;
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) contracting Faith based Initiatives to prove outcomes for Government dependency programs and ideologies;
Government Healthcare mandates forcing faith based nonprofits and private businesses alike to promote abortion, pay exorbitant fines, increase taxpayer subsidies of healthcare, and millions to lose their insurance altogether.
Non profit hospitals and YMCA groups coercing students to start 529 plans to further promote attendance to more nonprofit aligned Progressive ideologies while openly criticizing parents’ (for profit business owners) provisions for their own children and their children’s future business entrepreneurship of continuing the family businesses…(farming, trades, manufacturing, IT services etc.)
And, the recent Houston debacle requiring Pastors of churches (nonprofits) to submit their sermons, and all communications for government review/censorship.
We are all guilty. We all have been deceived.
Many of us have and do donate to “nonprofits.”
Many nonprofit employed folks are our friends, many of these folks are well intending Judeo-Christians, and many are not. Yet, many of us did not realize the long-term repercussions and dangers to free market economics, to our personal liberty, and to the Sovereignty of our own Republic via these nonprofits under the control of Administrative Central Planners.
Many of these folks are silent on many topics. Many have developed a Politically Correct stance, and filtered glasses when it comes to what they are teaching, preaching, promoting, accounting, verifying and undermining via their well-intended administrations.
Sadly, most of our nonprofit employed friends have never worked for a for profit business. Many have only worked for schools, colleges, hospitals, community service organizations, churches, international humanitarian, youth outreach, social services, or mission organizations, and thus this is all they know:
To be charismatic administrative cheerleaders implementing programs and on the look out for more programs to accrue more partners and more grants, donations, funds, followers, contacts, and contracts…. more layers of bureaucracy, more numbers “dependent” and more displacement of useful work.
Many have lost sight of The Scriptural mandates, to “not let the left hand know what the right hand is doing.”
Volunteerism, “doing unto others, as you would have it done to you,” was and is never to be a “paid” profession.
Now, if you don’t have time to do this up close and personal, and you’d like to give money to folks to do this on your behalf, or just do good…then do it via a For Profit Business.
There is nothing wrong with providing employment to folks by paying them to provide a needed service, or a nice gift service to someone.
Forget the whole “nonprofit” deception and get back to a free market economy and our acts of kindness, whether paid or personal will be done much more effectively. In fact, why not use these funds to help the recipients start their own businesses so they won’t be dependent on nonprofits or the government welfare programs and the Central Planners that control both?
There’s a huge danger when folks with socialist entitlement mindset take the writings of brilliant scholars out of context.
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) would turn over in his grave if he knew his championing of volunteerism in America has been used to promote nonprofit tax exempt, government favored and government contracted organizations!!!
Tocqueville remarked on his observations of the American spirit of associating for a mutual cause:
“Finally, if they want to proclaim a truth or propagate some feeling …
they form an association. In every case, at the head of any new undertaking,
where in France you would find the government …
in the United States you are sure to find an association.”
Tocqueville’s point was that this philanthropy was NOT a government sanctioned, organized, controlled, or contracted phenomena. It was a Godly one. It did not look to the central planners, the monarchy, or the Napoleons to favor, fund, entangle or intimidate.
In fact de Tocqueville goes on to elaborate this:
“In the United States, the most opulent citizens take great care not to isolate themselves from the people. On the contrary, they reach out to the people constantly, listen to them voluntarily, and speak with them daily. They know that the rich in democracies always have need of the poor and that in democratic times one wins the loyalty of the poor more through manners than through benefactions.
Indeed, the very magnitude of benefactions, which highlights the difference of conditions, secretly irritates those who profit from them. But simple manners have almost irresistible charms: their familiarity is attractive, and even their crudeness is not always disagreeable.
The rich do not at first grasp this truth….They readily consent to do good for the benefit of the people but prefer to keep them scrupulously at a distance. They think this is enough. They are mistaken. They could ruin themselves in this way without kindling any warmth in the hearts of the people around them.
What is asked of them is not the sacrifice of their money;
it is the sacrifice of their pride.”
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, Volume II
It is a fault of the American education system and, of late Americans in general, to not read the entire books of a great thinker; and then, to misquote and misapply the famous statesman’s commentaries in direct opposition to the Author’s intent, in order to substantiate one’s own agenda…or a host of nonprofit government aligned programs.
Alexis de Tocqueville aligned with Biblical Judeo-Christian philanthropy…do it yourself, up close and personal, doing life together….not through a bunch of paid middlemen.
There has become a gross manipulation of folks on the receiving end of nonprofit do gooderness. The toxic charity as it is called. Just like pharmacologic dependency, there is not an exit strategy of eliminating the need for these non-profit entities.
It breeds, multiplies, and employs folks based on having other folks need it.
And in this sense it violates those on the receiving end in that the do unto others mandate is a two way street. As much obligation as we each have to look after our brother, …our brother also has this obligation to look after us. Not to be kept in bondage to keeping a nonprofit enterprise building more and more buildings, hiring more and more employees, gaining more and more dependents, removing more and more wealth from the economy,….and orchestrating more and more Marxist, Socialist, Hegelian programs….and fulfilling the Humanist Manifesto dreams of no for-profit businesses and no private property.
We are all guilty in this.
The first test will be our doing our good deeds up close and personal while also giving in ways that are not motivated by getting a tax deduction on our IRS filing from giving to a “nonprofit”. The true test is going to be whether or not Americans will give when no one is looking. But One.
True Patriots have been offering up their Lives, Fortunes and their sacred Honors far before the tax code progressed onto the scene with its capitulating deceptions.
We know virtuous Americans. Once they know the right thing to do…they will pass the test for Liberty’s sake with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence. The Audience of One.
“Where The Spirit of The LORD is there is Liberty.”
2 Corinthians 3:17
And where He is not…there is a people easily enslaved.
Which answers our first question. All methods are effective in a people who do not possess Truth or value Liberty under God.
Free to Choose by Milton and Rose Friedman
Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
JCT, “Historical Development and Present Law of the Federal Tax Exemption for Charities and Other Tax-Exempt Organizations,” JCX-29-05 (2005) . “See, for example, domestic fraternal beneficiary societies (sec. 501(c)(10)), teachers’ retirement funds (sec. 501(c)(11)), corporations to finance crop operations (sec. 501(c)(16)), religious and apostolic organizations (sec. 501(d)), farmers’ cooperatives (sec. 521), ship owners’ protection and indemnity associations (sec. 526), and homeowners associations (sec. 528), to name a few.”