The Case Against Helping The Poor Essay

1258 Words May 14th, 2016 6 Pages
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own” – Benjamin Disraeli. This quote underlines the fact that everyone on earth has an equal right to an equal share of its environmental resources. In his article for Psychology Today titled “Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against Helping the Poor”, Garrett Hardin argues against feeding the hungry (who would die otherwise from starvation) on the grounds that these people have exceeded the ‘carrying capacity’ of their land. ‘Carrying capacity’ is understood as the as the ability of land (and its resources) to sustain a population, that is, to keep that population alive by providing the resources needed. This advice raises the question of whether and to what extent human interests should supplant environmental interests, when these interests are in conflict. “As a nation 's land has a limited capacity to support a population and as the current energy crisis has shown us, in some ways we have already exceeded the carrying capacity of our land.” Therefore, the real question is, what burden should we impose on ourselves (which often means other humans) in order to promote environmental values? This essay will critique Hardin’s assertion on overconsumption of environmental resources due to overpopulation, his argument against the installation of World Food Bank and its services to poor nations as an international depository of food, followed by gauging his condemnation of the American…

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