Every year I wait for a call from the MacArthur Foundation telling me I was going to receive more than half a million bucks. Alas, I didn’t get one of the so-called “genius grants” again this year.
Let’s look at some of the recipients announced earlier this month:
–Cristina Jimenez Moreta founded United We Dream in 2008 to secure the rights of immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
–Rami Nashabi is a community leader who focuses on poverty in Chicago’s Muslim communities.
–Nikole Hannah-Jones writes about “urban segregation” in education.
“What do the Federation of American Scientists, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Arms Control Association, the League of Women Voters, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and the National Commission on Energy Policy have in common — aside from solid leftist credentials? Each receives funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.” MacArthur is everywhere on the left, openly supporting the progressive policy agenda, including the “climate change agenda — which is often a cover for more nefarious, radical economic change.”
In December 2015, MacArthur Foundation President Julia Stasch co-authored an opinion piece in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, calling upon “fellow grant makers, advocates, business leaders, government officials, and citizens” to make climate change a priority. In doing so, Stasch used her influence to lead other organizations into a complicated web of progressive foundations, pushing radical economic change.
Some “genius grants” have been known to go awry. Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute, was a 2003 recipient who created fictitious documents to discredit a conservative group that attacked climate change. See http://fakegate.org/
The MacArthur Foundation also has a geographical bias that favors leftists, with New York and California leading the pack in getting “genius” grants. Apparently, the foundation has yet to find a “genius” in Wyoming, my family’s home state, and not many in flyover country, where I spent most of my formative years. See http://www.aei.org/publication/the-reluctant-philanthropist/
The foundation was set up as a tax dodge by John D. MacArthur, an insurance magnate who often played fast and loose with other people’s money. Maybe the IRS should look at the foundation’s books—as the Obama Administration did with conservative groups. See http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/18/politics/irs-scandal-fast-facts/index.html
Whatever happens, I probably won’t get a call again next year. But Colin Kaepernick, members of Black Lives Matter, and other social justice warriors will likely become so-called “geniuses” some day soon.