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How May Wealth Serve the Common Good?

We asked billionaire Nick Hanauer about being rich. But he’d rather talk about increasing the minimum wage.


Have you wondered what it would be like to be incredibly wealthy, and how you would handle it? Nick Hanauer often speaks publicly about the ills of inequality. I’m not sure why he does it, but that’s his “rich” thing. Maybe he is afraid the masses will revolt and take his wealth from him by force. Maybe he has an altruistic side.

What Would YOU Do With Incredible Wealth?

With a modicum of ethical standards and imagination, any of us could easily serve the common good, if we were wealthy billionaires. I used to think I would get my doctoral degree in Psychology. Ha, ha, ha – today, I clearly see that was my Puritan work ethic dreaming. (I have evolved.)

Two of my current fantasy “rich” things are to…

  • Build a resort-like artist colony where creatives could live and work freely, without worrying about money.
  • Finance the campaigns of Progressive politicians.

Want to play the game? What worthwhile thing would YOU do if you became incredibly wealthy? Please share in the comments… for fun!

How May Wealth Serve the Common Good? was originally published on Aware & Fair


About The Author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Adding to that wonderful list of “rich” things, I would fund a network of schools in poor minority neighborhoods.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Beautiful! I suspect you would supervise the creation of a curriculum that emphasized real history and critical thinking skills.

  2. Su Leslie

    I’d fund the creation of gardens and kitchens in public schools and hire people to work with the kids; teaching them how to grow and cook real food. That would create jobs, help kids eat well and learn about nutrition and help them concentrate better (who can concentrate on an empty stomach or on a sugar-high?) which would hopefully improve educational outcomes. It might also empower people to grow more of their own food and take more responsibility for family health.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Great idea! Broadening education, sustainability, and self-reliance. Those would be well-fed smart kids!

      • Su Leslie

        In the same way that so many of the world’s ills are connected; so are the solutions. Now I just have to get fabulously rich.

      • JoAnn Chateau

        Yes. Maybe dreaming about the common good attracts the means to make it happen?

      • Su Leslie

        That would be wonderful!

  3. Napa Valley Vegan

    I would use my wealth to end factory farming and make sure plant based proteins were delicious & affordable to everyone. Open an animal sanctuary to help animals & employee people. Support candidates who believe in Democratic Socialism! I’d be so busy!!

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Wonderful – helping the food industry, animals, the planet, and people. You’d never get bored!

  4. swo8

    I start a business and hire people to work for a decent wage.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Excellent ethical choice!

      • swo8

        We’d probably build affordable housing.

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