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Jorge ThompsonEng. 101 Writing and RhetoricCone SmithResponse3/28/13Response toLifeboat EthicsIn Hardin’s essay,Lifeboat Ethics,he emphasizes on the ethical issue of how toappropriately help the poor and the justification behind it. In the beginning of the essay Hardinresponds to the comparison of Earth as a spaceship, by stating that it can be dangerous whenused by misguided idealists to justify suicidal policies for sharing our resources throughuncontrolled immigration and foreign aid. Interestingly enough, he prefers to address the issuewith a lifeboat metaphor, in which refers to the rich nations (such as the United States) as beingaboard the boat, as well as the poor nations who are swimming around the boats for assistance.He stresses on the fact that it is impossible to help/please everyone (limited amount of seats onthe boat), therefore it would be unfair and irrational to selectively decide who to help (allow on