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Helping Givers Find Projects to Alleviate Poverty

I’ve been teaching ethics courses at The Ohio State University for years, walking students through controversial issues like abortion, the death...

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I’ve been teaching ethics courses at The Ohio State University for years, walking students through controversial issues like abortion, the death penalty, and drug legalization. However, extreme poverty has become a very difficult topic for me to present as a truly complex moral problem. Isn’t it just obvious that people shouldn’t be dying because they can’t get access to inexpensive life-saving medications? Isn’t it also obvious that if we can prevent those deaths by making small sacrifices and donating to charities that do effective, life-saving work on the ground, we should probably do that? What really is complex is moving from mere concern into informed action.

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