The Life You Can Save: How To Play Your Part In Ending World Poverty
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I have been spending a considerable amount of time carefully navigating the implications of this book and considering what moral obligation requires me to give. I have not found (and do not expect to find) a precise answer to this concern, yet, after reading The Life You Can Save, concluding that I should be doing and giving more to help the world's most vulnerable was one of the easiest developm ...more
This is the thought-experiment with which Peter Singer, a Professor ...more
1. Why the global poor are poor
2. What organizations are currently doing
3. What organizations lack the capability to do
4. What goes wrong with in NGOs
5. Where your money will go if you do donate...
As a student of international development I will be the first to tell you that if you are donati ...more
I do like the way Singer approaches his books - he starts out by telling you where you're going to end up, and then proceeds to take you to your destination in a clear and concise manner, dealing with likely objections before they arise as he goes - but reading this I thought for a while that we were heading squarely for a two-star rating, partly because of that target audience problem I ...more
The World Bank defines extreme poverty as not having enough income to meet the most basic human needs for adequate food, water, shelter, clothing, sanitation, health care, and education. Many people are familiar with the statistic that 1 billion people are living on less than one dollar per day. That was the World Bank’s poverty line until 2008, when better data on international price comparisons enabled it to make a more accurate calculation of the amount people need to meet their basic needs....more
Yes, America is a wealthy country and yes we built this wealth in large part by shitting on und ...more
That's actually how Singer wants you to feel, believes everyone should feel--that it's a basic measure of humanity to give a significant portion of your dispos ...more
Really don't understand why this got so many positive reviews when the entire book was literally demanding people donate more money. I think ev ...more
Most people, when they come across this argument, will agree that an innocent child's life is worth more than possibly running late for an important meeting or any expensive clothes. A ...more
ALSO i found myself repeatedly a little put off by the palpable eurocentrism running through the book. i understand its intellectual goal—that we should work to level wealth inequality across the world—but I found that this consideration of global poverty missed colonialism completely (the underlying cause of much poverty) and instead affirmed white savior ...more
But it would be stupid to say there isn’t enough philosophy in here because it’s literally full of lots of weird questions about how we behave towards one another, it’s just frustrating how sometimes Peter just doesn’t follow through with much explanation of the philosophical debate but it’s fine I’ll be fine
I completely approve of the work your doing and I understand the value of such an argument but please stop being such a statistics bro.
I enjoyed the fact he scrutinised some weaknesses of charity in terms of its application but I felt he disregarded huge issues that face charity and aid right now (such as elite capture, notions around post-colonialism, etc.). Although he made a very coherent and convincing argument for the donating of income and assets to an extent that it’s ...more
This book will make you think twice about what it means to live an ethical life.
I've grown an interest over 2020 for books that cover activism for causes such as world hunger and social and racial inequality, animal cruelty and extinction, climate change and other very relevant components of our modern reality.
There are many forms of activism: with a gun, with a street protest, or with literature and information. I' ...more
If you are reading this, you are very likely in a position to save many lives. Singer provides evidence that a lot of suffering in this world is preventable and we ought to donate more in order to live an ethical life.
Singer uses an ethical framework which is clear and intuitive. He also covers a lot of counter arguments a reader m ...more
In 2005 Time mag ...more