The Caplan-Singer Debate: My Opening Statement

Source: Bet On It
by Bryan Caplan

“So I’m debating Peter Singer, a philosopher who’s already convinced me to give piles of money to charity. How did he convince me? With his famous Drowning Child thought experiment. He’s probably going to tell you the long version himself, so I’ll just give a quick recap. You’re walking along in your best clothes, and see a child drowning in a pool. You’re the only person in sight, and the only way for you to save him is to wade in and ruin your best clothes. Should you still save the child? Almost everyone says, ‘Yes!,’ and so do I. But does this thought experiment settle the question of, ‘Do the Rich Pay Their Fair Share?’ that we’re debating? No.” (09/19/22)