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The Case Against Helping the Poor Lifeboat Ethics
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Reasons for metaphor § Zero Sum Game § Stark scarcity Hardin opposes the view that everyone has an equal right to an equal share of the earth’s resources Earth as Lifeboat
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If we divide the world into rich and poor nations, 2/3 of them are desperately poor and 1/3 comparatively rich Metaphorically … § each rich nation is a lifeboat § Each poor nation is a person stranded in the ocean § What should the lifeboat passengers do? Adrift in a moral sea
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According to Hardin, we must recognize the limited capacity of any lifeboat or (“a nation's land has a limited capacity to support a population”) If we follow maxim such as the Christian ideal of being our brother’s keeper then it will lead to “compete catastrophe.” If we have some spare capacity, we forfeit our strategic reserves. What is to be done?
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The harsh ethics of the lifeboat become even harsher when we consider the reproductive differences between the rich nations and the poor
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2011 for the course MKT 317 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Michigan State University.

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