The Singer Solution to World Poverty

1062 Words Aug 7th, 2009 5 Pages
In the New York Times Article “ the Singer Solution to World Poverty” the author Peter Singer argues that there is no reason why Americans don’t donate money to the needy when they can afford countless of luxury that are not essential to the preservation of their lives and health. Singer pursue the audience with two different situations trying to motivate the reader to donate money instantly.

The fist situation comes from a Brazilian film, Central Station in which a woman called Dora, a retired schoolteacher, has to persuade a homeless nine years old boy to a family that will adopt him in order to make a thousand dollars. Dora deliver successfully the boy into his new family, and she receives the thousand dollars. After spending some
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So, the next step taken for Singer is pursing the reader to feel guilty not only for not donating money to an organization like Unicef or Oxfam but also for comparing the reader’s behavior as the same as Bob.

Singer keeps pursuing the reader by making questions like how we judge ourselves if we don’t donate money. Trying to make the reader conscious that we are in the same situation as Bob, and we should go and make a phone call to donate $200. However, Singer hesitate whether that money would reach the people who need it. The author leaves this doubt without an answer. Moreover, he tries to find a justification of why people don’t donate considering fairness. Why we should donate every surplus cent if my fair share will not donate anything. Singer reaches the assumption that we lack a clear moral line between Bob’s situation and that of any reader of this article that doesn’t donate $200 to an overseas aid agency.

Yet, Singer arouse the question of how much people should donate. He also said that every dinner at a restaurant could save a child life. Thus, an American family shouldn’t go. Moreover, he concluded that a American middle-class family could donate $20.000 per year if they don’t spend that money on unnecessarily items. However, only when the sacrifice become significant, people would say that Bob reacted correctly. He leaves us with two options, being like Bob consciously or donating every single surplus dollar to charitable
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