If Warren Buffett is as serious about doing good with his wealth, as he was in becoming wealthy, he would ponder the Wall Street Journal‘s sage editorial page advice:
We can’t think of two people less in need of our two cents than Messrs. Buffett and Gates. But since giving free advice is our business, we’d suggest that they put at least a smidgen of their money back into strengthening the foundations of the free-market system that has allowed them to become so fabulously rich. There’s something to be said for reinvesting in the moral capital of a free society and trying to sustain and export free-enterprise policies.
Capitalism has done very well not just by Mr. Buffett but also by the world’s poor, as several hundred million Chinese and Indians might attest. African nations in particular need property rights and a rule of law as badly as they need vaccines. On that score we were encouraged by a report this week that the Gateses thanked Mr. Buffett for his gift by presenting him with a book from their personal library: Adam Smith’s "The Wealth of Nations."
For the full editorial, see:
"Mr. Buffett’s Gift." The Wall Street Journal (Weds., June 28, 2006): A14.