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Peter Buffett, youngest son of Warren, "wanted to start a conversation" about philanthropy, but probably had no idea how his NYT op-ed would snowball.

"Here's what happens when your last name is Buffett and you criticize charitable giving by the super-rich on the op-ed pages of the New York Times. Your Twitter feed, which you never really cared about before, explodes. An avalanche of email hits. The blogosphere reacts with people praising you for exposing the unintended consequences of the wealthy giving to causes they may not understand and with people criticizing you for making it sound like giving to charity is pointless and self-serving." -- Erin Grace, the Omaha World-Herald

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