Americans do not realize that the wealth we have gained since the middle of the twentieth century has slowly made us into a very selfish people. We know that after World War II we helped rebuild Europe under the Marshall Plan, and we still think that the same kind of generosity marks our present-day foreign policy. That is not the case. Of the twenty-two industrialized nations of the world, the United States is dead last in per-capita giving to the poor peoples of the world. By way of comparison, let me point out that on a per-capita basis, for every dollar that America gives to the world, the people of Norway give seventy.

Tony Campolo, Spiritual Perspectives on America's Role as Superpower by Editors of Skylight Paths