Friday, March 27, 2009

News Talk Online March 27, 2009: Peter Singer

The economy is down. We are all adjusting our spending. We buy more bargain goods. We eat out less. And charitable contributions are down.

Those who are still contributing to charities might feel like they should triage the situation. Give just to those organizations that are helping those close to us. And curtail gift giving to those doing good works in developing nations, where there's less of a cushion than here, and where the need is even greater.

But one of the great contemporary thinkers on ethics and morality believes now is the time to increase our contributions to programs helping those in the the developing world. Princeton and Melbourne University bio ethicist Peter Singer is out with a new book, The Life You Can Save: Acting Now To End World Poverty, in which he suggests a formula for charitable contributions, one that you may find surprisingly palatable. Yet one that could meet UN goals for taking a bite out of poverty world wide almost immediately.

Professor Singer joins us now live from London.

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