Cowen and Singer Solve World Poverty
This exchange between Peter Singer and Tyler Cowen on BloggingHeadsTV is priceless.
Singer has written a book, The Life You Can Save, that argues from a very Leftist perspective that those of us in the West enjoying a decent life should give much more to the poor. Cowen, arguing from a Libertarian Right perspective, agrees wholeheartedly but thinks that the way to accomplish that outcome is by such mechanisms as freer immigration and tax cuts for the wealthy which haven’t even occurred to Singer.
Despite very divergent philosophies, the two have a very cordial, informative discussion of the issues and actually take seriously the other’s ideas. It’s a novel approach, to be sure, but one that perhaps ought to be explored further.