Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Towards the end of his life American novelist James A. Michener wrote a book about America “This noble land”. Having lived in a large number of countries he looked at his home land both loving and critical. The widening gap between rich and poor and the undisproportionated distribution of wealth was something he did not like. It ‘s easy to see that we will have a revolution in America within the next 50 years if we do not change course, he wrote. Specifically he mentioned Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft who at the time had started to build a mansion close to Seatle. It remains to be seen what our successful entrepreneurs do with their wealth, Michener thought.
The distribution of wealth in America is unchanged. America has never succeeded in forming a society of solidarity, where the strong support the weak so to speak. The gap between poor and rich is widening and at the moment the disparity is growing at record speed. Michener would have hated that but looking at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, I am sure that he would be very pleased.
We went there and found a tableau for the “Eradicate polio” project. It was invented and started by Rotarians some decades ago and still isn’t finished. In recent years the Gates foundation joined the project with substantial means. The end of polio is near but not there yet.