Singer's Treatise on A Changing World
For all of human history, wealth has governed the balance of man's power just as the absence of wealth has dictated individual and collective suffering. The central premise of the landmark 1971 piece by Peter Singer is that this sharp contrast in the human experience is implicated by consider moral obligation. Singer's piece offers an important statement of global responsibility on the part of the world's wealthiest citizens, calling for action to end the economic suffering of others.
On its surface, the primary goal of the Singer article appears to be to create a push for more action on the part of the world's wealthy elite to come to the aid of those enduring the Bangladeshi refugee crisis. However, its implications carry far greater importance even than resolving a single humanitarian crisis. Instead, Singer's goal is to invoke a shift in perspective on the part of those nations in the industrialized world with the means to alleviate human misery not just in the Indian-Bangladeshi crisis but in the face of all future humanitarian crises.
Singer makes the argument that many western nations, without great pain or deprivation to themselves, have the economic capacity to save the lives of the 9 million Bengal refugees suffering displacement and starvation. Because they have this capacity, Singer contents, they also have the moral obligation to act on said capacity. Singer notes that many wealthy