Analysis Of Rich And Poor And The Case Against Helping The Poor

I have chosen to analyze the article Rich and Poor and The Case Against Helping the Poor because they has actually made me think deeper about a subject which I previously thought to have a distinct answer. That is, that we should always attempt to give aid to the poor, and moreover that giving aid always produces beneficial results. I will compare the arguments given in the article to some of the more general ethical policies we have studied in class, and will bring my own original arguments on the matter into the picture as well. Although a proper treatment of such a topic should incorporate both sides equally, I will focus more on the argument of why giving aid to the poor is not ...

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means we can not spend money on luxuries such as stereos, vacations, alchohol or tobacco. In a society such as this, the members of the richer countries could definetely sustain an existence which is still far superior to those living in squalor, even without our many indulgences. For people who currently work in the fields of producing these amenities, travel agents, stereo manufacturers(and all those employed therein) and video game manufacturers would be out of business. This would lead them to finding less substantial jobs, with lower salaries, and the people who used to work in these lower jobs would in turn have to move to lower jobs, or even to unemployment. Soon, we would only be able to give less and less aid, until we ourselves are close to the same poverty level as the Third World countries. Perhaps it would not be as drastic as this, as we might still be able to maintain a standard of living far above that of the developing nations. The reason we live such ...

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off of our global political interests, as we give the most money to countries with whom we want to be political allies. With 47% of our foreign aid going to Isreal and Egypt, countries that are by far not as needy as Somalia or Ethiopia, but countries with whom being political allies is signifcantly beneficial to us.)
There is also the argument of what type of aid we should give when we do decide to help the poor. The contraceptive argument relates directly to Utilitariansim by looking forward and considering only the end consequences. If we give contraceptives and education aid, instead of basic food aid, more people will most definetely starve right now. However, in the long run ...

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