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When Do Governments Need to Help Starving People?

When the “potato famine” descended on Ireland, causing many people to starve, little was done to help at a time when help could have done the most good.

Should a national government help its own citizens who are starving for whatever reason? Explain your answer.

When people are suffering on a wide-scale basis, who else can help but the government? Explain your answer.

Is one of the purposes of government to help citizens in need?  Why, or why not?

In your judgment, how bad do the needs of citizens have to be before government officials step-in to help?

If a national calamity is the reason for the suffering, does that make a difference in the government’s responsibility to help the people?


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