The writings of Eric Hoffer

Every once in a while, I come across a piece of brilliance that comes from a source new to me. This happened early today, while reading a blog about the Susan G. Komen Foundation and their recent decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. SGK has been known as the organization behind the women’s walk/run to defeat breast cancer. I am sure I have contributed to someone’s efforts in this regard in the past, and have worn the requisite pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness.

They are under a lot of heat now for their decision, which most believe has more to do with the new leadership of the group and the pressure from mostly right wing efforts to halt abortion practices in the U.S. In one day since the decision, people have pulled their contributions to SGK and sent them off in protest directly to Planned Parenthood, who as of now, have received more dollars in contributions from angry women than the entire amount that was pulled by SGK. Interesting twist. The plot backfired.

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”
Eric Hoffer, The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

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