Does the US Spend Too Much on Foreign Aid? - Peter Singer





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Published on Mar 13, 2009

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Philosopher Peter Singer examines differences between Americans' perceptions of how much money their government spends on foreign aid, versus the actual budgeted amounts.


In The Life You Can Save, philosopher Peter Singer, named one of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time magazine, uses ethical arguments, provocative thought experiments, illuminating examples, and case studies of charitable giving to show that our current minimal response to world poverty is ethically indefensible.

He argues that for the first time in history we're in a position to end extreme poverty throughout the world -- both because of our unprecedented wealth and our advances in technology.

Offering some unconventional thoughts about the ordinary Americans' obligations to the world's poor, Singer presents not only a plan on how much to give, but how to give, and to which organizations. He makes an irrefutable argument that will make a huge difference in the lives of others, without diminishing the quality of our own lives, and concludes there are no valid excuses left for not giving (or giving more).

His book is an urgent call to action and a hopeful primer on the power of compassion, when mixed with rigorous investigation and careful reasoning, to lift others out of despair. - Berkeley Arts and Letters

Author of In The Life You Can Save, philosopher Peter Singer was named one of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time magazine. Peter Singer was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1946, and currently serves as Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. Author, co-author, and editor of forty books on topics ranging from Marx and Hegel to stem cell research to the way we eat, Singer is best known internationally for Animal Liberation, the book considered to be the founding statement of the animal rights movement.


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