Volunteerism

[Volunteerism](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volunteerism) is one of those interesting 'isms'.  It's probably one of the most well-regarded 'isms' by more people, but I admit that much like my reaction to charity, I have a decidedly contrary view of this practice.

And, it appears, I'm not the only one.  Here's "To Hell with Good Intentions by Ivan Illich," a transcript of a speech given in 1968 to a volunteer organization.  I came across this by way of, as always, Metafilter, where a discussion on the validity of volunteering [was taking place](http://www.metafilter.com/69436/Do-you-really-care-about-the-starving-children-of-Africa). This was spurred by an interesting article decrying modern celebrity aid programs as [development porn](http://www.city-journal.org/2008/18_1_paternalism.html) and calling out volunteerism as paternalistic behaviour... which is how I have always sort of felt.

Poke about. It's a good debate.

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