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It's a cool piece of deep culture that the UK has. Other European countries have such things as well (usually Catholic religious confraternities or dinner clubs), though nothing like this dense concentration.
The use of charitable foundations to concentrate money and pay generous salaries while being exempt from tax is definitely a problem, but it's shared by quite a few charities in the UK, including some of the private schools.
Now not 100% of charity is bad, but it is my opinion that if someone is aware of such things noted above, this article reads like a manipulative, deliberate hit-piece against these old-money groups, probably for some political reason.
As i understand it, they function in part as social networks for the upper class, a bit like masonic lodges, or the Skull and Bones etc. I came across them because there's a social networking platform for members which has the same initials as a communication protocol i was interested in.
Any university student can join these. They may have been somewhat elitist in the past, and many still think of themselves like that, but most of them are strapped for new members. Sure some time investment is required as well as a general cultural fit, but the vast majority of those corps and other flavors of German fraternities still remaining nowadays are open to any interested students.
I just went looking this up and am none the wiser, please explain?
I don't care if they won't let me in for not being german enough; still a cool thing.
Edit: this just gave me an idea for a bit of code to do that automatically. Thanks!
- 10 Things FBI Secretaries know that you don't
- Secretions of Billions of Insect threaten California Trees
(I know \b ... but I really worked on the insect secretions one so I am not losing the post)
Edit - and I actually want to read the FBI article now
My understanding was that it was because they have secrets - handshakes, codes etc. - not because people don't know they exist.
To join one of the guilds is to become part of a small club of extremely wealthy and/or well connected people, and the establishment in particular. One route to entry is through charitable donations, and it's one of the more direct means of exchanging money for power/influence in the UK.
For anyone looking for a fun little intro to the weirdness of the city and it’s history, I recommend CGP Grey’s channel and particularly his videos on the City of London.
: for the benefit of people who might not be aware – “the city” is a colloquialism for the City of London, which is a small somewhat autonomous part of London, situated east of what most people (who don’t know this) probably think of when you say the city of London.
A freemason friend of mine once explained to me that they're described as "a secret society" not because they try to hide their existence, but because they have secrets. i.e. shared secrets that they use as a means to authenticate to one another their membership and status.
To me, this seems like an alternative and valid interpretation of the term to the one that you have inferred.
I guess they wouldn't be invited to the parade...
There is the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists(1). I looked at it some years ago but didn't end up joining. It's relatively open - you need a member or two to nominate you, but they have social events specifically open to non-members in part for the purpose of giving prospective members the opportunity to find someone who would be willing.
Melville wrote an interesting story about them "Paradise of Bachelors" (Which is paired with another story "Tartarus of Maids" ).
Both can be read here:
Actually Gray's Inn.
Maybe I was just lucky in the past years, but as a person working in tech, coming from a poor family, but with access to great education, I see beating the market as easy.
I won't give tips here, because I'm in the minority and I would be voted down (which I see as a prerequisite for making returns).
Old money people always have hard assets as a core part of their wealth.