Even if all is well, the shocking stumble is a catalog of all the complaints about Obama’s management style, which his detractors say swings between detachment and coolness on one extreme and micromanagement on the other, all worsened by an insularity that prevents contrary or fresh viewpoints that might help correct course. Obamacare’s implementation may indeed determine the fate of the liberal vision of government, but the root of its problems seems to be his administrative approach, not his political philosophy.
Imagine walking along a road past a pond, when out of the corner of your eye you see a toddler boy flailing about in the water. You quickly look around. There is no other adult in sight. If you don’t jump in to save him, no one else will. He will drown. You know what you have to do. You dive right in and drag the drowning toddler from the water.
But what if that little child were drowning—proverbially—half a world away? What would you do to save him then?
This is one of many questions Peter Singer, an Australian professor of bioethics at Princeton University, asks undergraduates during his popular semester-long course on practical ethics. The lecture course covers euthanasia, animal rights, infanticide and abortion, effective altruism, and other weighty topics.