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Altruism and the International Environment (Sixtieth Cleveland-Marshall Fund Lecture), 44 Cleveland State Law Review 1 (1996)


My topic is foreign aid, certain of the attitudes thatwe have towards foreign
aid, and what if any moral grounding those attitudes might have. Foreign aid
right now is in the news. While it is likely that the most drastic proposals to
slash the foreign aid budget will be defeated, there is no denying that some
fairly drastic measures are on the table and are being taken rather seriously.
Regardless of what happens in Congress this year, and regardless of what our
president decides to do about any measures thatCongress does adopt, the issue
is likely to crop up as important during the next presidential election. While
far from the only touchy issue on the contemporary political agenda, American
foreign aid seems to strike a raw public nerve.2 What nerve is this, and why is
it so raw?

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