Critics of effective altruism tend to focus their critiques against the seemingly utilitarian foundations of the movement. They ask, what about special obligations? Demandingness? Is this overly cosmopolitan? What about institutional/collective change? For example, Judith Lichtenberg recently published a critical discussion of effective altruism. She argues that effective altruism distorts human psychology, and is […]
Some Christians put their Christian faith ahead of their political ideology. These Christians know the basic teachings of the Christian faith and attempt to follow their conscience, church teachings, and the Bible in their political activities. I call these people “Political Christians” as opposed to “Christian conservatives” or “Christian socialists” because because Christianity is more […]
Many have been surprised by the rapid surge of the issue of income inequality. Thomas Piketty’s book spawned academic and popular interest in the topic. The idea that the main problem in society is income inequality was quickly and enthusiastically embraced by left-leaning philosophers, economists and, in an unusual move, by politicians […]
Suppose you’re convinced by Peter Singer’s thought experiment, and believe that those of us in rich countries have a moral duty to help the global poor. How should we go about discharging that duty?
In my last video, I argued that one of the most effective ways of helping the world’s poor doesn’t […]
The second view in my new series with Learn Liberty is out (see here for the first). In it, I begin to talk about different ways of addressing the problem of poverty, starting with what is almost certainly the most successful anti-poverty program in the history of the world.