Those are the words of the late Bernard Rapoport, long-time friend and financial supporter of Bill Moyers. Those of you who listen(ed) to Moyers would often hear the thanks to funders, which would end with "Bernard and Audre Rapoport" - they did it directly, not through a foundation.
The Rapoports were engaged the day after they met.
They became very wealthy.
They sold the insurance company they cofounded for half a billion dollars.
They tried to give away their wealth
except for an uncanny ability to make money faster than he could dispose of it.I am quoting from the transcript of the video essay Moyers offered on behalf of his friend, doing things like this:
He and Audre gave millions to help low-income children in Waco, the heart of Texas, where they lived modestly and where he died. Millions more to our beloved alma mater, the University of Texas; supported progressive causes and politicians, civil rights and voting rights, arts and culture, and social justice across the country and in Israel – from an eye clinic serving predominately Arab patients, and a high school for children of Israeli families who wanted to co-exist with Palestinians.Rapoport also supported Mollie Ivins and The Texas Observer.
Moyers described Rapoport as a capitalist with a conscience. They can and do exist.
He titled his essay "Capitalism With a Conscience."
Follow the link, which I repeat here to read the transcript and/or watch the video.
You will be glad you did.
Rapoport was man worth far more than Mitt Romney - that is NOT a reference to their comparative wealth, but rather to his commitment to humanity.