The rich have a responsibility to help the poor. Describe a specific situation in which the rich might not have a responsibility to help the poor. Discuss what you think determines whether or not the rich have a responsibility to help the poor. The speaker is positing that the most socially and economically advantaged are obligated to assist those that are not as advantaged. The main issue here is assessing the definitions of what kind of “responsibility” is being implied (social, moral, etc.) and what is exactly meant by “rich” and “poor”. Does responsibility indicate choice or obligation? There is a distinction that needs to be made between individual (social, moral) and legal responsibilities. Depending on the context responsibility could mean an internal and personal motivation or an external obligation. Certainly this speaker’s perspective makes sense since certain religions and organizations support the giving back to the community and those in need. If one’s individuals beliefs and morality
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course POLI SCI 502 taught by Professor Avermenko during the Spring '08 term at University of Wisconsin.