Apropos Matt’s recent post: Peter Singer argues we have stringent duties to give to charity. He relies upon a thought experiment:
One Drowning Child
You come across a child drowning in a pool. You can save the child at some personal expense. Imagine you’ll have to jump in right away and thus ruin […]
I’ve got a series of new videos coming out from Learn Liberty on the problem of poverty. The first one was released last week, and introduces the issue with a look at Peter Singer’s “Drowning Toddler” thought experiment. The next three videos will look at different possible responses to the problem, including economic growth, charity, […]
Readers of this blog might be interested in a symposium that Boston Review is running on Peter Singer’s idea of “Effective Altruism.”
For those who aren’t familiar with that term, the basic idea is pretty simple. Singer has long argued that all of us as individuals have a moral obligation to help the poor. Effective Altruism simply adds […]
As Bernie Sanders laments, there are dozens of varieties of underarm deodorant, even though lots of people starve. We must not have our priorities straight.
I don’t have time for a direct response, but instead, here’s a draft of a chapter on luxury goods for Markets without Limits. (We ended up cutting it, rather […]
Christopher Freiman has a paper coming out called “The Marginal Cases Argument for Open Immigration.” I’ll briefly summarize it here. I probably have lots of typos. Oh well.
Freiman wants to argue for open borders using a move Peter Singer made when discussing animal rights. Singer says to readers (this is a paraphrase, not a […]
So, it turns out that Bryan Caplan isn’t a bleeding heart libertarian either.
Unlike Will, though, Bryan’s problem isn’t with the libertarianism of BHL, but with its bleeding heart. Bryan, you see, doesn’t think we have much in the way of obligations […]