Being that I have many socialist beliefs as far as how America and the world runs governments, business, social issues, etc., Peter Singer’s “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” was an intriguing read. It’s just not that complicated. As he often reiterates in various forms. “if it is in our power to prevent something very bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything morally significant, we ought, morally, to do it.” Singer wrote this essay in the 1970’s. I do not know if he is still alive, but if he is I am sure his heart is heavy living now in our “global village” of concentrated and mass Capitalism. Although, poverty did exist before the Capitalist boom, it has done nothing to reduce or alleviate it. Capitalism has made the rich become uber rich and the uber rich become godly rich. The traditional forms of poverty still exist – there is still famine and hunger across the globe. One thing that has happened is an additional form of poverty. Capitalism has bred a “fast food” way of living. In America, specifically, there may not be an enormous amount of “hungry” adults and children, there is however, a dire increase in obesity due to the fast food lifestyles of the economically disadvantaged. There is poverty by which people are not obtaining proper nutrition which leads without denial, to heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, the list goes on. Capitalism has made healthy and nutritious foods highly unattainable to the average citizen because of the high prices of vegetables and non-processed foods and the dirt cheap costs of harmful and unhealthy foods.
Singer states that when all is said and spoken for – nothing really makes a difference unless these applications and theories are practiced. The sad part is that but for the work of a few NGO’s, not only are we not getting the job done to attempt to abolish poverty and the new forms of poverty, but we are not even having the discussion on the center stage.