Is Bill Gates Using His Philanthropy for the Good of the Universe or as a Power Grab Exercise, with One Eye on the WH?

Bill Gates is all over the news again, offering up his thoughts on the nightmare Covid-19 virus. But what’s in it for him? Could he possibly have a hidden agenda or even harbor dreams of becoming the US president?

The media is certainly lapping up everything the billionaire philanthropist and founder of Microsoft has to say at the moment – he’s being hailed as a so-called visionary for predicting a pandemic on his TED Talk in 2015 – but in reality he offers no new insights.

He merely sounds like a well-briefed parrot repeating what experts are already telling the world.

It begs the question: what qualifications does this college dropout, or any other billionaire philanthropist for that matter, have that makes their opinions any more valuable than, say, Donald Trump?

It may be an unflattering comparison but it’s not unfair when you consider former US President George W. Bush is somebody that is perceived as being as thick as two short planks and certainly none of us would dare describe him as a “visionary” – yet he too predicted a pandemic during his time in the Oval Office.

Why isn’t he shouting it from the rooftops to everybody to say, “Hail the (former) Chief now”? Perhaps it’s because he knows we don’t like the type of characters who say, “I told you so.”

Why do we instinctively turn to these billionaires for expertise that they obviously don’t even have in the first place? In fairness, Gates probably has a much better grasp of health issues than any recent US president because he actually rolled up his sleeves and led global health projects fighting against diseases.

But I still wouldn’t take a billionaire’s opinions on the coronavirus over that of a qualified medical doctor.

I’m sorry, but the skeptic in me is left with the impression that Gates’ love of being in the spotlight is nothing more than a self-serving public relations exercise. After all, as he once stated himself, “If I was down to the last dollar of my marketing budget I’d spend it on PR!”

Fellow philanthropist Michael Bloomberg attempted to use his obscene wealth and media empire as a stepping stone to the Oval Office earlier this year, and who’s to say that Gates – who is only 64 – hasn’t got similar power-hungry ambitions too?

He’d certainly have a much bigger war chest than any other candidate. He’s getting so much free publicity because the world’s mainstream media is desperately seeking heroes to put in the spotlight and Gates easily fits the narrative with his cultivated Mother Teresa-like public persona, which is light years removed from the narcissist he was painted as being when building his Microsoft empire in the cut-throat world of computer technology.

I’m not questioning that Gates’ heart is in the right place when it comes to his philanthropy, but I wonder if he’s also, consciously or subconsciously, seeking redemption for any past sins when he ruthlessly built a rapacious, monopolistic business that charged people exorbitant prices for its software?

Perhaps he feels a heavy sense of guilt from being one of the richest people on the planet? Regardless, it’s hard to listen to sermons from sanctimonious public figures preaching from their ivory towers.

Gates may want to present himself as being like Saint Teresa of Calcutta, but she lived amongst the poverty-stricken and lepers – while our hero here has only just splashed out $43 million on an oceanfront Del Mar home, according to recent news reports.

It certainly doesn’t feel like he’s practising what he preaches. You get the sense that billionaires like Gates want to act like gods and shape the world with their own agendas. The fact that they get to choose where to use their incredible influence and money is – no matter how you look at it – undemocratic.

It leads to the question, should philanthropy be regulated just like any other business model? It’s dangerous not to question motivations behind any donations, no matter how innocuous it all may appear at first glance.

It’s hard, for example, to say there was only altruistic motivation with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s decision to pump a staggering $80 million into the same school their own children attended. It’s a good example of how a conflict of interest can arise with such charitable donations.

What’s alarming here is the fact that there’s been very little, if any, public scrutiny about it all. Who’s to say there weren’t any hidden agendas at play here?

The Gates’ foundation made over $2 billion in tax-deductible donations during the past two decades to private companies – “including some of the largest in the world, such as GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever, IBM, and NBC Universal Media,” according to a recent investigation by the Nation.

“The result has been a new model of charity in which the most direct beneficiaries are sometimes not the world’s poor but the world’s wealthiest, in which the goal is not to help the needy but to help the rich help the needy,” wrote Tim Schwab in the piece in the Nation.

The Gates Foundation’s $50 billion charitable enterprise is to be welcomed, but perhaps it would be much better served if it was run by an independent board rather than on the whims of the world’s second richest man and his wife. But you could bet the farm on him refusing to hand over the keys to those particular gates.

Gates would be better off exiting the world stage and privately going about his philanthropy. Otherwise the question has to be asked: why the desperate desire to stay in the spotlight?


By Jason O’Toole, who has worked as a senior feature writer for the Irish Daily Mail, a columnist with the Irish Sunday Mirror and senior editor of Hot Press magazine. He is also the author of several best-selling books. @jasonotoolereal

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The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of 21cir.

One Reply to “Is Bill Gates Using His Philanthropy for the Good of the Universe or as a Power Grab Exercise, with One Eye on the WH?”

  1. Bill Gates is a psychopath criminal hell bent on wiping out humanity especially the 90 % of world population he calls ‘’useless eaters’’. Look up agenda 2030 or 2020 ID ONLINE. He has already tried to bribe Nigerian government this month with 10M USD, to test poison laden corona vaccince (containing glyphosate etc) on unsuspecting Nigerian population! Sara Cunial is right, Bill Gates should be arrested and hanged for murder in African, India etc. His country, the US is the number one thieving looting criminal, terrorist, dictatorship nation with fake democracy in the world. Currently the US is stealing Syria’s oil in broad day light backed up by its criminal allies UK, Australia Canada etc. It instigates wars of aggression against innocent civilians in foreign nations, and funds and props up despotic brutal regimes, dictators around the world. This is accomplished through its CIA run fake NGO USAID, NED etc. The US has murdered millions of human beings since WII and continues to commit genocide and war crimes undercover of its fake criminal R2P extra territorial criminal interventions. Yet there is no meaningful opposition among the US population against US war crimes and acts of aggression, mass murder, genocide and heartless psychopathy even in these times of COVID-19? See how the US and its populace is happy to kill innocent women and children by blocking COVID-19 MEDICAL AID to Iran, Venezuela, Cuba etc ? Including stealing medical kits meant for other countries that are in need of help.
    Americans are sick at heart and soul, they are psychopathic mass murderers and heartless killers, Just look at the mass shootings!! The US is one sick psychopathic nation whose leaders commit mass murder, lies and deceive the world non stop, alongside its five eyes criminal allies UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada etc. All should be tried for war crimes and mass murder under Nuremberg international law!!! Right now the US is busy training ISIS terrorists at Al-Tanf Syria illegal US occupation base, then unleashing them on Syria , middle east, Africa, asia , south America etc. to commit heinous crimes (decapitating women and children’s civilian heads, eating their brains , rape and murder etc. see this link- https://www.globalresearch…. Who would trust the US and its evil deception in trade, media , wars of aggression, poison medicine made by its criminal pharma companies, poison food agriculture by its evil Monsanto etc? Remember the war of lies based on fake narrative of Iraq’s saddam’s WMD, Libya and Gadafi soldiers using Viagra to rape women? Kuwaiti princes posing as some poor girl lying on tv about babies being removed from incubators? And what about the latest Syria’s Assad being falsely accused of chemical attack in Douma with corrupt OPCW producing now thoroughly debunked criminal fake report to instigate war against Syria? Now US is stealing Syria’s oil in broad daylight backed by criminal allies UK, Australia, Israhell etc? What about US training and funding terrorists aka moderate rebels in Altanf illegal US invasion camp in Syria, then unleashing it on Syria and beyond? Lastly, have you seen US destructive wars based on pure lies on Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan , Yemen, Somalia, Congo, South America , Syria etc. etc

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