Are the giant overseas charities another Hollywood?

Two things. Here’s the first:

Mark Goldring, the chief executive, claimed critics motivated by an anti-aid agenda were “gunning” for Oxfam leaving the charity “savaged”.

In an interview with The Guardian, he said: “The intensity and ferocity of the attack makes you wonder, what did we do? We murdered babies in their cots?

The second:

The husband of the murdered MP Jo Cox has resigned from the two charities he set up in her memory after being publicly accused of sexual assault.

Together they made me come up with a theory.

The revelations that Oxfam was running orgies in disaster areas confirmed my long-held suspension that these giant do-gooder organisations are run by people who don’t consider themselves accountable to anyone, probably because they genuinely see themselves as modern day saints. Goldring’s comments are the words of man who thinks he operates on a higher plane than us lowly plebs, and lives in a world completely detached from the man on the street. The news about Brandon Cox being a sex pest only surprised me because I had no idea who he was until his wife was murdered, but those who knew of him before aren’t surprised in the least.

So here we have an industry whose leaders virtue-signal for a profession yet appear to tolerate gross and blatant sexual misconduct and turn a blind eye to sex pests. We’ve been here before, haven’t we? Could it be that what we saw with Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood is replicated across the charitable sector? All the signs are there. We have a closed industry protected by powerful politicians and the media where older men hold considerable sway with a steady stream of young, impressionable men and women turning up to help out in any way they can. How do you think the assignments are doled out among the volunteers? Who gets to stay in which hotel, ride in which vehicle, sleep in which tent? In whose lap do the plum jobs land, and who makes the decision? A lot of these people are volunteers so there’s no question of the organisations recruiting and paying for marketable skills like a commercial business does. If a pretty young thing shows up in the developing world for volunteer work in an organisation which doesn’t think twice about decking out Haitian waifs in company t-shirts and shagging them in front of everybody in a penthouse apartment, do you think nobody is going to make a move on her? Nobody is going to invite her up to the hotel room for a drink or two, and make promises of promotion in return for her nocturnal company?

There’s also the fact that these do-gooder organisations are very left wing, and as I’ve written before, many young left wing women tend to make themselves extremely vulnerable by judging a man’s character solely by his political opinions. Provided the man is spouting the right progressive mantra, dim lefty women seem quite unable to spot he’s a sex pest. And because he is spouting the right progressive mantra, those with power will defend him, and destroy her, when she complains. Like the protest groups and polyamorist circles, these organisations are ripe for sexual predators to come in, flatter the people in charge with a few well-placed lines of boilerplate progressivism, and help themselves to any fucked-up young men or women who come their way.

So here’s my prediction. In the next few days, weeks, or months we’re going to hear of quite startling revelations of sexual assaults on volunteers working for the big charities or environmental groups which would make Harvey Weinstein wish he’d answered that request to make a documentary with one of them after all. We’ll hear of a class of untouchable senior managers who openly boast of taking their pick of the prettiest staff, make blatant approaches towards underlings during parties and drinking sessions in the hotel bars, and all of this will be common knowledge among anyone involved with the group. Complaints would have been lodged and either ignored or the complainant hounded out of town, and national news reporters would have received dozens of stories but declined to run them through fear of upsetting their friends and political allies. Now The Times has broken ranks and published the Oxfam revelations, and stories are pouring in of similar happenings in other charities, I reckon they’ll be a new #metoo movement springing up before we know it. I find it highly unlikely, set up and staffed as they are, that such incidents are not commonplace in the big overseas charities and environmental groups.

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27 thoughts on “Are the giant overseas charities another Hollywood?

  1. >many young left wing women tend to make themselves extremely vulnerable by judging a man’s character solely by his political opinions.

    Remember what Weinstein said when he was busted? “I’ve decided that I’m going to give the NRA my full attention.” He genuinely thought that this would help protect him. He didn’t realise he was too far gone for this to help any more, but it looks like he had good reason to think, from past experience, that saying that sort of thing works.

  2. It sounds entirely plausible.

    Big charities are like all sorts of big organisations, but worse, because they’ve had this situation of being enormously powerful because of their brand reputation, and very little in the way of spotlights being shone on them. It’s easy to go pointing fingers at corporations. No-one likes to do so with charities. There’s a sense of being mean. This could be a huge consciousness changer, though.

    I’ve long been suspicious about many charities, particularly big ones, in all sorts of ways. Their shift into politics, how they are obsessed with raising money rather than what good they do, the subtle abuse, and the complete lack of balls of the regulator. I give to a couple of smaller ones where I know what they do.

  3. What strikes me about that Laurie Penny twitter thread is that, while she clearly has no trouble believing that her ex is a multiple rapist, she still seems sympathetic towards him.

    I suspect you’ll be proved right about the charities scandals Tim, although there is the distinct possibility that tales of senior men in the racket preying on naive volunteers will seem small beer compared with the cases of them fucking kids who were desperate to feed their families.

    On that topic, did you see the Mary Beard tweet? https://www.tcs.cam.ac.uk/news/0038460-mary-beard-sparks-twitter-outrage-over-oxfam-scandal-tweet.html

    A good reminder why appeal to authority is a bad argument. Because often the ‘authority’ is a stupid cunt.

  4. What strikes me about that Laurie Penny twitter thread is that, while she clearly has no trouble believing that her ex is a multiple rapist, she still seems sympathetic towards him.

    Indeed. See the link above and also here. For many on the left, sexual abuse is okay provided it’s carried out by someone who shares your political opinions.

    On that topic, did you see the Mary Beard tweet?

    Yup. 🙂

  5. I wish I had your confidence, Tim. The tentacles of the progressives spread very wide & burrow deep. Hollywood characters like HW can be pilloried & sacrificed because they’re out in the commercial world. Oxfam & other “charities” are the home of the progressive aristocracy. The Times journalists may have broken this story & obliged the rest of the media to cover it but I wonder what their future career trajectories will look like. Reckon they’ll still be potential hires for the BBC or any of the other broadcast media? Apart from Brietbart or possible Fox? Will they find their sources for other stories unaccountably drying up?
    The Blob’s very powerful & sticks together. Upset it at your peril.

  6. BiS,

    It’s certainly going to be interesting to see which way the lefties jump: do they protect lefty women who’ve been abused by lefty men, or do they keep covering for lefty sex pests?

    Or do they do what they did after Weinstein, and point the finger at non-lefty men who had nothing to do with any of it?

  7. Am I missing something or is this all about some westerners in a Third World shithole hiring hookers? It all seems a bit overblown, tbh.

  8. JerryC –

    I’m certainly missing something, given all the fuss. The really big news is that a massive disaster occurred somewhere. A country got trashed, thousands dead, infrastructure destroyed, etc. Less newsworthy is the fact that big multi-national charitable agencies got involved. That’s laudable, but they do it all the time, and they make much of it because it helps with future income. Hardly newsworthy at all is that some of the people working for the agency hired hookers. People hire hookers all the time. These guys may not have been doing it on company expenses or in company time, and they don’t seem to have been making the disaster situation any worse. If they did any of these things, then it’s very minor news at best. It would be major news only if some guy hiring a third-world hooker actually caused a famine or hurricane somewhere.

    The media now are obsessed with sexual morality. That’s probably the main news story here.

  9. No, I think it is a big deal. These charities get unprecedented access to politicians and are invited to help draft policies solely on the basis that they are presumed to be doing something of a higher moral purpose than anyone else. They also get waivers on visas and customs duties to carry out activities in other countries, purely on the basis that they are doing essential charitable work. Once it’s seen that they’re engaged in pretty much the same sordid shit as any other Tom, Dick, or Harry who turns up in these places they lose all right to that presumption of higher moral purpose, and should lose all the privileges that come with it.

    Put it this way, there is a habit of western businessmen flying out to business meetings in Thailand and other such places and, as soon as the meeting is done and they’re off the clock, they go straight out to the whorehouses. Any decent company takes a very dim view of this: married executives engaged in blatant whoring on business trips makes the company look very bad indeed, even if they’re perfectly entitled to do it.

    If they must do it, then use discretion. It doesn’t sound as though Oxfam used much discretion at all. There’s also the other rather serious allegation that Oxfam staff were handing out supplies in return for sexual favours. Perhaps because I’ve been in some decrepit places myself that I am a little more sensitive to demonstrations of wealthy foreigners lording it over desperate locals. It’s up there with bum fighting.

  10. I certainly don’t mind knocking Oxfam off its moral high horse. The NGO sector in general seems more and more like a racket as time goes on. And I certainly agree the some of these Oxfam people undoubtedly acted like assholes over there.

    However…no one takes a vow of celibacy when they sign on to work for Oxfam. And if you bring in 100 guys to work a project in a place like Haiti where sex is cheap, some of them are going to act like sex-crazed assholes. It’s just the way it is, there’s assholes in every crowd.

    I spent 24 years in the US military and they expend tremendous effort trying to get GIs to not act like assholes in foreign countries, but no matter what you do, there’s always someone who just will not get the message.

  11. I spent 24 years in the US military and they expend tremendous effort trying to get GIs to not act like assholes in foreign countries, but no matter what you do, there’s always someone who just will not get the message.

    The reports suggest it was the senior officers behaving like this, not the enlisted men. If you’ve got a colonel running orgies you’ve got a problem.

  12. My SiL has been trying to make a career in developmental aid to Africa, mostly focussing on AIDS awareness and prevention (difficult with people whose time horizon is best measured in hours or days and who, according to her, struggle to have any conception at all that something you do NOW has an effect months or years down the line. Add in a dose of “Inshallah” and the results are obvious). The people who have the relatively few paid positions very much like to hold on to them and enjoy acting as gatekeepers. The number of hoops they made her jump through, including “Oh, if you want to do that, you’ll need such-and-such a Masters” (so off she toddles back to uni for another year or two) before she got a full-time post…

    Part of the issue is that there’s pretty young bright-eyed idealistic things in their early-to-mid 20’s willing to do the work for free, so a lady in her mid-30’s who needs to be paid to do it has some serious hoops to jump through. I also suspect that many of the early-to-mid 20’s things are also susceptible to a bit of “what goes on in the field stays in the field” from the older male managers.

    Much credit to her for having stuck it out – but we did ask ourselves as to whether she wasn’t wasting her time, and I suspect that the opportunity cost of all that hoop-jumping was in fact enormous.

  13. Left wing people are maladjusted cretins but are convinced they are superior human beings. People who are convinced of their own righteousness and denounce others for their failings almost always have numerous skeletons in closet.

    I’ve turned down dates with attractive women solely because they were left wing because it’s guaranteed there will be problematic behaviour in near future.

  14. many young left wing women tend to make themselves extremely vulnerable by judging a man’s character solely by his political opinions. Provided the man is spouting the right progressive mantra, dim lefty women seem quite unable to spot he’s a sex pest. And because he is spouting the right progressive mantra, those with power will defend him, and destroy her, when she complains. Like the protest groups and polyamorist circles, these organisations are ripe for sexual predators to come in, flatter the people in charge with a few well-placed lines of boilerplate progressivism, and help themselves to any fucked-up young men or women who come their way.

    You see exactly the same thing in F/SF fandom, interestingly enough. Although it’s become insanely political now, once you could replace “politics” with “favorite author/show/movie”.

  15. bloke in spain,

    “I wish I had your confidence, Tim. The tentacles of the progressives spread very wide & burrow deep. Hollywood characters like HW can be pilloried & sacrificed because they’re out in the commercial world. Oxfam & other “charities” are the home of the progressive aristocracy.”

    But that aristocracy depends on the public buying what they’re selling. The public can vote them out quickly and start the process of changing what government looks like fairly quickly.

    What’s been happening recently, with Brexit and Trump is wrecking the aristocracy. The aristocracy is about the TV age. About people like Cameron and Blair and Bill Clinton, and also about the priesthood that supports them like Oprah Winfrey and most of the BBC. The priests are rapidly losing their power to influence the public.

  16. A friend of mine is quite into charity work and he introduced to a guy who was doing charity work in Haiti who was adamant that Haiti was far nicer than anyone knew. My skeptical mind did wonder at the time if it was the side activities that interested him, I’m now certain that is exactly what he enjoyed about the job.

    It must be lovely to be both righteous and be able to behave without any regard to morals at the same time.

  17. Jerry;

    “However…no one takes a vow of celibacy when they sign on to work for Oxfam. And if you bring in 100 guys to work a project in a place like Haiti where sex is cheap, some of them are going to act like sex-crazed assholes. It’s just the way it is, there’s assholes in every crowd.

    I spent 24 years in the US military and they expend tremendous effort trying to get GIs to not act like assholes in foreign countries, but no matter what you do, there’s always someone who just will not get the message.”

    Sure, most men are going go a bit National Geographic when in country for significant amounts of time.
    However, in all the time I’ve spent in dodgy bars in dodgy countries, I’ve never once had a solider bore me stupid with how virtuous they are. NGO workers on the other hand….

  18. My skeptical mind did wonder at the time if it was the side activities that interested him, I’m now certain that is exactly what he enjoyed about the job.

    Put it this way, the overseas oil industry is full of sex tourists masquerading as oilfield workers and engineers. I’m sure the disaster relief industry has their fair share too.

  19. When the tsunami hit and the “aid” workers turned upThailand stopped them dead by telling the to apply for work permits. They were criticized for it at the time but now it looks as they were ahead of the game.

  20. Dead horse: One of the key insights of the left is that powerful leftists don’t need to be held accountable because they’re too virtuous and wise, and shouldn’t be accountable because they need great latitude to do whatever’s needed to bring about heaven on earth. Also making the left look bad is a great sin, of course.

    No lefties will learn anything from all this. You can’t disconfirm a leftie’s belief that his religion and it’s high priests are infallible, and it’s outright crazy to claim that anybody so near to perfection as to be a big deal lefty could ever possibly abuse a lack of accountability. Weinstein merely turned out not to be a true Scotsman. He wasn’t sinful until he lost his friends, anyway. Being set upon by the mob is the sin the mob is punishing you for.

  21. I my experience the more self righteous the industry, the more monsterous the cunts.

    I used to work in a maximum security prison. The guards who beat the shit out of crims, actually did so because they cared about the job. Mainly the safety of vulnerable prisoners and security of the prison. Prisoners tended to like and respect those guards it was really werid.

    Those who were all matey such as the social workers were despised as manipulative self righteous pricks they were.

  22. When the tsunami hit and the “aid” workers turned upThailand stopped them dead by telling the to apply for work permits. They were criticized for it at the time but now it looks as they were ahead of the game.

    That was probably the right move. One thing that amazes me in Phuket is how little sign there is that the tsunami ever hit. They rebuilt the whole place, threw up a memorial sculpture, and got on with their lives. How’s Haiti faring after the Clintons and Oxfam stepped in to help?

  23. Tim,
    Every year in the wet season some poor bunch of people somewhere will get flooded out. This means that the Thai authorities get to practice providing emergency food, water and shelter every year and they are very good at it.

  24. This means that the Thai authorities get to practice providing emergency food, water and shelter every year and they are very good at it.

    Good for them!

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