The Singer Solution to World Poverty
Singer’s solution to world poverty, at first glance, seems like an excellent idea, but with careful consideration, many flaws can be identified. Singer believes that the world poverty problem will be solved if people from wealthy countries donate their luxury to the poor, that is, no money should be spent on movies, TV, new clothes, and fancy foods. Singer tries to prove his point by the story below.
A Brazilian woman, named Dora, who has a chance to earn one thousand dollar by persuade a street boy to follow her to an address, and she was told he will be adopted by a wealthy family. After Dora completed her task, she received her compensation and bough a new TV for her own enjoyment. But later that day, she was told by her neighbor that the kid will be organ harvested instead been adopted. After she heard it, she went out and helped the child escaped from the mobs. Singer states: “The average family in the United States spends almost one-third of its income on the things that are no more necessary to them than Dora’s new TV was to her. Going out to nice restaurants, buying new clothes because the old ones are no longer stylish, vacationing at beach resorts-so much of our income is
It is better to teach a man how to fish, than give them fishes. Donated to one of a number of charitable agencies, that money could mean the difference between life and death for children in need. There is one more flaw in this article that I would like to point out. By giving these corrupt countries the amount of money Singer suggest, we will only make them more powerful, and become more violent. What will happen to these peoples after they are layoff The chance for them finding a similar job again is slim, because most of the jobs in US are related to non-human essential needs. In my opinion the only way to help the person is to teach him how to catches fishes by himself, and become self sufficient. The solution Singer provided is to give a person bunch of fishes, and believe that it will solve the person"tms problem. Since every one has stopped purchasing luxurious goods, including video games, John"tms skill will no longer be needed, therefore leads to his unemployment. After everyone followed Singer"tms suggestion to donate all their luxury money to the poor, them selves will become the poor, and not be able to purchase any human vital needs. Therefore, for a household bringing in 50,000 a year, donations to help the world"tms poor should be as close as possible to 20,000" And he also States: "Whatever money you"tmre spending on luxuries, not necessities, should be given away. Economics are extremely sensitive to cause and effect, for example, if every one stop purchasing and watching TV, the cable company in the US will be forced to close, and all the cable technicians will be forced to loose their job. One of the problems with Singer"tms solution is that he failed to look the problem through economical perspectives, that is, every economic sector is connected with each other, and if one sector stops functioning, the whole economic loop will collapsed. What shocked him the most is that he found out Kenyan government did not use his money for the purpose of helping poor people, but buying new weapons, and new houses for the corrupt officials. John regretted that he followed what Peter Singer suggested, and now he is facing his own financial crisis. My final though, Peter Singer made a serious error on this article because he failed to see the problems through economical perspectives.