Famine, Affluence and Morality by Peter Singer
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... Peter Singer, “Famine, Affluence and Morality” Peter Singer begins his seminal essay “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” in 1971 writing about East Bengal, now Bangladesh, whose people had just suffered a terrible natural disaster. The situation he describes is one that could be told forty years later in the same words and same context, which is to state that little has changed in bridging the gap between the world’s poorest people and the richest societies economically, or even with regard to the most basic aspects of standard of living such as adequate food, shelter, and health care. In building his argument that people who are with the means to assist are morally obligated to help the suffering,...