Magazine March 5, 2018, Issue

The End Justifies the Obscene

A sign above a branch of Oxfam, in central London, February 13, 2018. (Simon Dawson/Reuters)

Sometimes we deride our friends on the left for what Dickens, in Bleak House, memorably dubbed the “telescopic philanthropy” of Mrs. Jellyby, the matron who teemed with plans to alleviate the misery of people thousands of miles away but proved blind to the suffering on her own street in London. That’s not how it works at the British charity behemoth Oxfam, though. When the cry for help goes out, these chaps pack up, parachute in, and immediately snap into action — by setting up a cathouse and enlisting the victims as their prostitutes.

Oxfam — which combines the disaster-relief apparatus of

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