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The dilemma of ethical consumption: how much are your ethics worth to you? | Matt Beard

Everyone, rich and poor alike, should be able to buy the cheapest product with a clean conscience
‘Take an easy example: eggs. Do you want to buy them from the farms that give the chooks the best quality of life (comparably speaking)?’ Photograph: gojak/Getty Images/iStockphoto

In the lead-up to a recent buck’s party, the group chat turned to the age-old question: will there be strippers? After some back and forth (for the record, I was opposed), the groom-to-be stepped in with the veto. “No strippers!” he declared.

His reasoning demonstrated a remarkable level of self-knowledge. He explained that he was planning on the weekend being filled with inhibition-reducing substances and didn’t trust his addled self to make smart decisions.

In doing so, he gave voice to a basic moral principle: better to avoid temptation than to overcome it. From

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