For as long as class systems have existed, many individuals have been interested in how the “other half” lives. You might assume this interest is directed only toward how the affluent live. However, this curiosity has become more reciprocal as the tourism industry increasingly engages in poverty tourism—the practice of affluent travelers visiting poverty-stricken locales to witness the experiences of the impoverished first hand. Is this practice exploitive, unethical, or even immoral? What benefits might the impoverished nations gain from permitting this practice?
Often examples such as poverty tourism highlight differences in individuals’ perspectives, such as how libertarians and liberals view the concept of freedom. At the crux of the difference between libertarians and liberals is how they view the concept of personal freedom and free market trade, both of which might come into play in situations involving poverty tourism. How might an understanding of the similarities and differences in such perspectives help you maintain your focus through the lens of morality and ethics as you fulfill your role as a public administrator?
For this Discussion, consider the connection between ethics and morality. Using this connection as a basis, apply this connection to an analysis of whether poverty tourism is ethical and/or moral.
By Day 3
Post a brief explanation of a connection between ethics and morality. Then, suggest strategies that a public policy maker or administrator might use to address morality related to poverty tourism. Finally, compare how liberal and libertarian public policy makers and public administrators might approach the issue of poverty tourism.