In this blog entry (based on a book chapter), Georgetown professors Jason Brennan and Peter Jaworski. They point out the parallel between a famous ‘bit’ by comedian Louis CK and an article by the philosopher Peter Singer. Singer argues, roughly, that every bit of “excess” consumption by people in affluent countries (e.g., going to a movie, or buying nicer clothes than we need) is morally equivalent to murder, since it means using up money that could otherwise have been sent to very needy people in other countries. Brennan and Jaworski argue that Signer is misguided, both factually (in terms of what actually works to help the poor) and morally. >>>
The comedian Louis C.K. jokes,
My life is really evil.
There are people who are starving in the world, and I drive an Infiniti. That’s really evil…. There are people who are like born and then they go, “Oh, I’m hungry,” and then they just die, and that’s all they ever got to do.
And, meanwhile, I’m in my car — boom boom, brrr! — like having a great time….
What do you think?
(Note: the piece linked above is a chapter that got edited out of Brennan and Jaworski’s forthcoming book, Markets without Limits: Moral Virtues and Commercial Interests)