The Case Against Helping The Poor Essay

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Most Americans today take things used in daily life for granted because they have never experienced a lack of or a want for basic necessities. Sometimes, the people in the lifeboat do not fully grasp the dilemma of those outside the lifeboat because they have never experienced the situation. The people in the lifeboat conflict between trying to be benevolent and help the people outside the lifeboat, while at the same time, being influenced by the law of nature for self-preservation. In my opinion, Garrett Hardin, author of Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against Helping the Poor, exhibits a realistic approach to the solution of aiding the poor experiencing overpopulation, starvation, and lack of jobs. Unlike Hardin’s writing, Jonathan Swift, author of A Modest Proposal, had illogical and offensive ideas in the beginning, which are not corrected until later in the story. Swift’s idea for eliminating overpopulation includes lowering the birthrate and shortening lifespan. His philosophy puts improper lifestyle into a productive scenario, providing food for the population.
There is likewise another great advantage in my scheme, that it will prevent those voluntary abortions, and that horrid practice of women murdering their bastard children, alas, too frequent among us, sacrificing the poor innocent babes, I doubt, more to avoid the expense than the shame, which would move tears and pity in the most savage and inhuman breast (Swift 383).
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