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Can generosity go too far?

Bristol’s Maitreya Social would seem to be the ideal location to talk to Pater Singer, author of Animal Liberation and one the the world’s most famous moral philosophers. Vegetarian and organic, it is impeccably ethical. You can even settle your bill with Bristol Pounds, the local currency designed to keep wealth out of the hands of multinational businesses and big banks. But according to my guest’s austere utilitarian principles, there is no justification for spending £10.95 on a summer vegetable gallette when people on the other side of the world are dying of malnutrition.

Article in this week’s New Statesman on effective altruism


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