Who has given money to rebuild Notre Dame?
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Who has given money to rebuild Notre Dame?

Who has given money to rebuild Notre Dame?

Отговорът на този въпрос е съвсем различен от “Кои милиардери обещаваха пари за възстановяването на Нотр Дам. Защото е едно да се къпеш в светлините на прожекторите по аплодисменти, когато обещаваш, съвсем друго е да допринесеш за заплатите на работниците, извършващи работата…

Meanwhile, the salaries of 150 workers on site have to be paid. The 300 or so tonnes of lead in the church roof pose a toxic threat that must be cleaned up before the rebuilding can happen. And pregnant women and children living nearby are undergoing blood tests for possible poisoning. But funding such dirty, unglamorous, essential work is not for the luxury-goods billionaires. As the Notre Dame official said last month, they don’t want their money “just to pay employees’ salaries”. Heaven forfend! Not when one could endow to future generations the Gucci Basilica or a Moët Hennessy gift shop, so you, too, can enjoy the miracle of sparkling wine, or a nave by L’Oréal (tagline: Because Jesus is Worth It).
For the super-rich, giving is really taking. Taking power, that is, from the rest of society. The billionaires will get exclusive access to the “vision” for the reconstruction of a national landmark and they can veto those plans, because if they don’t like them they can withhold their cash. Money is always the most powerful casting vote, and they have it. Never mind that much of this cash actually comes from the public, as French law grants a whopping 66% tax reliefon any donation – the power is entirely private. 

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