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Peter Singer

Peter Singer

Writing for PS since 2001
211 commentaries
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Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, is Founder of the nonprofit organization The Life You Can Save. His books include Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, The Ethics of What We Eat (with Jim Mason), Rethinking Life and Death, The Point of View of the Universe, co-authored with Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek, The Most Good You Can Do, Famine, Affluence, and Morality, One World Now, Ethics in the Real WorldWhy Vegan?, and Utilitarianism: A Very Short Introduction, also with Katarzyna de Lazari-Radek. In April 2021, W.W. Norton published his new edition of Apuleius’s The Golden Ass. In 2013, he was named the world's third "most influential contemporary thinker" by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.

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  1. Childish Morality?
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    Childish Morality?

    Sep 6, 2022 Peter Singer shows why it matters that children value strangers, and life itself, very differently than adults do.

  2. Bystanders No More
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    Bystanders No More

    Aug 13, 2022 Peter Singer urges citizens of rich countries to pressure their governments to provide sufficient aid to the world's poor.

  3. Abortion and Democracy in America
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    Abortion and Democracy in America

    Jun 28, 2022 Peter Singer shows how the Supreme Court's own reasoning in overturning Roe v. Wade implies that the Court has too much power.

  4. How Australia Revived the Political Middle
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    How Australia Revived the Political Middle

    Jun 7, 2022 Peter Singer attributes the surprising victory of ten independents in May's federal election to ranked-choice voting.

  5. Should Europe Stop Paying for Putin’s War?
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    Should Europe Stop Paying for Putin’s War?

    May 5, 2022 Peter Singer explains why Europeans must bear the high costs of cutting off Russian energy immediately.

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    The ECB Has Been Driving EU Inflation

    Hans-Werner Sinn explains how the European Central Bank has contributed to soaring prices, including for energy.
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    The Populist Climate Threat

    Izabella Teixeira, et al. warn that right-wing nationalists and other political opportunists could normalize inaction.
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    Britain Is Not an Emerging Market – Yet

    Kenneth Rogoff considers the implications of the new government’s poorly received economic-policy package.
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    When the Fed Stops Trying

    J. Bradford DeLong worries that the world's most important central bank is no longer looking for an optimal policy path.
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    No Security Without Climate Security

    Anne-Marie Slaughter explains why US policymakers need to focus more closely on global warming as an existential threat.
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    Development, Decarbonization, and Dumb Landowners

    Ricardo Hausmann argues that governments must manage natural resources more effectively to promote green growth.
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    The Trade Agenda Today

    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala interviewed by Anne O. Krueger

    Recent global developments have shown what is at stake when trade becomes less open and transparent. To assess the current state of the international trading system and what lies in store for it, Anne O. Krueger queries World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala about the biggest challenges facing her organization.

    about the challenges facing her organization.
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    King Dollar

    In recent weeks, the US dollar has reached 20-year highs against key foreign currencies, and all-time highs against the Chinese renminbi and the British pound. What is sustaining the greenback’s surge, and what are its most significant consequences?

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    The US Inflation Bonanza for Sovereign Debtors

    Gautam Nair & Federico Sturzenegger identify the big winners of a shock that is diluting mountains of debt around the world.

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