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“Twilight” Starlet Kristen Stewart Models How the Rich Serve Society

Posted on January 18 2011 12:00 pm
Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota's North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Though most recognizable for the role of Bella Swan in the ridiculously popular Twilight movies, it was another role which motivated red hot starlet Kristen Stewart toward philanthropy.

…the 20-year-old reveals her secret similarity to Charlie Sheen: she’s going to spend a fortune on hookers this year.

After researching teen sex workers for her role in Welcome To The Rileys, she was inspired to earmark a portion of her Twilight millions to establish a network of halfway houses that would help residents go straight. “That would be amazing,” she says. “Right now it’s the thing I feel most connected to.”

Stewart reveals her intent in the cover story of the February issue of Vogue. The other tidbit from the interview which entertainment blogs are latching onto is Stewart’s bemoaning a lack of privacy. The crux of the coverage is that someone who has met with so much success, and earned such a fortune, ought not complain about being recognized at the mall.

Be that as it may, there is a more instructive point to take from the Stewart interview. It is because of her success, and resulting fortune, that she has the opportunity to make a more meaningful contribution to society. Stewart’s plan is indicative of how the rich disproportionately serve others.

Stewart’s idea is in the same vein as my own philanthropic fantasy. Were I a millionaire, I would be very interested in starting or contributing to an organization that gave people a true hand-up, as opposed to a hand-out. Unfortunately, and with all due respect to NRB managing editor David Swindle and the rest of the management at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, the fruits of my labor do not place me in a position to fulfill such aspirations. Were Stewart limited to my income, which is to say an average one, she would not be able to fulfill her higher aspirations either.

In our consideration of Stewart’s potential contributions, let us not overlook the value of investment. Even if Stewart didn’t have a philanthropic bone in her body, even if she was a cold-hearted capitalist whose only interest was growing her own wealth, the activities she would engage in to do so would contribute to society just as well. It’s Economics 101. Investment enables production, which grows wealth and creates jobs.

In fact, Stewart would be well advised to combine investment with her philanthropy. After all, anyone she helps rehabilitate will need a job in order to survive and thrive. They will need someone to hire them. Why not Stewart? If she can establish a venture alongside her chain of halfway homes, there will be a place for her reformed ladies to go and make something of themselves. The assurance of an employer willing to overlook a shady past could provide hope which would motivate stronger efforts to reform.

That’s the bottom line. No amount of financial or emotional investment on Stewart’s part is going to cause teen prostitutes to reform. The goal is to enable and encourage action which such troubled girls must take of their own accord. If Stewart goes into the effort with any other expectation, she will surely receive an object lesson in human nature. That same nature explains why there will always be income disparities in a free society, and why that’s okay.

7 Responses leave one →
  1. January 18, 2011

    Don't sale yourself short. You can make just as big an impact on your community. My wife, who is on dialsys, helps immensely at church, at the dialysis clinic, and we are supporting the Florida foster children.

    Remember. The rich media types give out of their abundance. Very few actually make a sacrifice when giving. Remember the story of the old lady in the Bible giving her meager amount? Not saying there aren't some very good rich givers. Just saying even small amounts help a great deal. There are lots of cases when the rich give to causes that bring them more celebrity status. So give what you can and help out your fellow man.

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      January 19, 2011

      You point is very well taken. When we talk about charity as a virtue, sacrificing to give is certainly an example superior to giving of abundance. However, the point I am trying to make still stands. Abundance provides the opportunity to give more than you otherwise could, and even when you're motivated by self-interest. This is counter to the meme of the Left that the rich are a societal cancer which ought to be removed through coercive wealth redistribution.

  2. January 18, 2011

    Of course, the rub always is there when the rehab program is finished and the person being rehabbed is now expected to follow the new course they learned in the program.

    That's because they do the rehab in order to do things like avoid jail, the cops, their abusive boyfriends, etc., etc. Once the threat has passed, the rehab gets forgotten and the follow-through doesn't happen, and it's crystal meth time again.

  3. January 18, 2011

    Nice legs. (talking about Kristen's, not Walter's)
    On a semi-serious note, I see you've been reading your Milton Friedman- among the wisest of old men.

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      January 19, 2011

      Friedman is one of my heroes. I've been exhibiting his "Free to Choose" PBS series at Tea Party meetings here in Minnesota. Watching him take on a half dozen academic lefties at once, without breaking an intellectual sweat, is a sight to behold.

      Oh, and I went out of my way to find a pic with legs. You can always count on me for that.

  4. January 19, 2011

    I hope she gets a chance to continue her good work. Hollywood has been keen on making prostitution and drugs fun and victimless crimes.(From Pretty Woman to The Hangover.) Will she be able to stand against the hollyweird left?

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