Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Famed Bioethicist Peter Singer On Paltalk
Peter Singer, the Princeton University bioethicist whose book, Animal Liberation was credited with launching the animal rights movement, believes that the harsh economic times provide no excuse for cutting back on charity to the developing world. In fact, in his new book, The Life You Can Save: Acting Now To End World Poverty, Singer argues that now is the time to ensure that the developed world continues to properly fund humanitarian efforts abroad.
This may be a difficult concept for many of us to swallow. Because we are all fighting to maintain our standard of living, or any standard of living for that matter. It's a time, many might argue, to triage the situation. Take care of those closest to us first. Then and only then can we look at the resources that remain at our disposal to help those less fortunate than us.
But Singer says that each American earning less than $100,000 annually should, for example, commit 1 percent of his income to help those in the developing world. Those making more, he says, should contribute a greater percentage of their incomes.
Singer, a native of Australia who also teaches at the University of Melbourne, will be my guest on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com at 5 PM New York time Friday March 27. To talk to him then CLICK HERE.
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