Bill Maher With Peter Singer | March 6, 2009 | Panel 3

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  1. I heard Peter Singer clain that Americans did not give much to carity. I did some research, and according to Charities Aid Foundation the Unites States gives 1.67% of GDP. Number 2 was United Kingdom at .73% Canada was .72%
    At this time in history the media seems to be dwelling on the negative. I would like to see someone challenge Mr. Singer. I do not disagree with helping the less fortunate. Infact I feel it is one of our responsiblities. Please report on what Amerians are doing right.
    The mayor of Newark is a great example of someone who is trying to help his community. We need more people like him.

  2. Ann Jones,
    You are talking about charity, Singer’s general focus is on foreign aid – there is a difference: whether charitable giving goes to those inside or outside of our own borders. In this context, the U.S. performs dismally, at around 0.1%GDP, while simultaneously undermining the ability of those in developing countries to alleviate poverty themselves through practices such as unjust agricultural tariff and subsidies policies, as per those regarding corn producers in Africa, or in Mexico under NAFTA. Thomas Pogge provides a greater structural and historical account of these issues.

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