What do these two have in common?
It is not the history of Starbucks opening outlets in Israel. That failed. I am partially to blame. I helped Starbucks open in Japan with a very appropriate partner. Starbucks was so startlingly successful in Japan that top management thought they were geniuses at overseas business.
So they opened a few outlets in Israel. Which promptly failed. Israelis were already drinking good Turkish and Italian coffee; they were sophisticated coffee drinkers just as the Japanese had been. This time the arrogant Starbucks didn't use a partner.
So what do the two have in common? A do-gooder mentality.
Israel has generosity to strangers and people in need built into their DNA. Also written into the Torah and 3,000 years of Jewish teaching. Every page.
So Israel, from its founding has been sending aid, doctors and supplies to every disaster and needy group of people on the planet in troubled times. Usually, this tiny country sends more aid than 3/4ths of the rest of the world combined.
They have helped in every African country and recently in Nepal. Israel gets every vote from Africans in the UN to destroy them. True for almost every other country they help, including Cuba. In the case of Nepal, much of the world press claimed Israel was helpful to ‘burnish their recent image’. Israel has been doing this for 70 years.
So how does this relate to Starbucks? Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, has pushed the company to be the leader in every form of social do-gooding. He is a Lefty Democrat and a Jew by birth.
Starbucks founded the do-good coffee processing world of local coops and environmental remediation. It gives college scholarships to its employees, has very generous employee benefits and supports a dozen other local do-good activities.
Recently Starbucks tried to help Schultz’s good buddy Barack Obama with a campaign to create jobs and get every barista to discuss the Obama lies about race in America.
Starbucks gets the same treatment as Israel. In every Democrat city Starbucks is attacked, penalized and stigmatized in everything it tries to do. Everything about Starbucks is blocked, paralyzed and disparaged by the Left.
You can take any lesson you want from this. To me, it means generosity is only done for the benefit of the donor, and should only be done for that reason. Recipients of generosity never love the donor and usually hate the donor. It is the 5th and 6th laws of money in my book of that name published in 1974.