Snow affords us an opportunity to care for one another. We can shovel for an elderly neighbor, and make crossing safe for pedestrians. Whether shoveling a sidewalk or providing health care to Americans -- we could all use altruism this season.
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Gates' attacks the system that has historically done the most to alleviate poverty -- traditional capitalism -- in favor of an implausible alternative -- a third way that mixes profits and altruism.
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