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Should Effective Altruists Focus More on American Poverty?

The conventional wisdom among Effective Altruists is that financially secure Americans should support desperately poor people abroad before trying to help poor Americans. Because the relative poor of the United States are richer than the absolute poor of the Global

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Are There Moral Reasons to Love Those We Serve?

Utilitarianism and egalitarianism are theories of moral (and perhaps political) obligation. Generally framed, they invite people to redistribute things they own—such as dollars, clothes, and body parts—to those who need them more. But do these theories have anything to say

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Fighting Seals: Reflections on Daniel D’Amico’s Defense of Factory Farming

The written form of this lecture originally appeared in the Journal for Critical Animal Studies. ___________________________________________________________________________ Abstract In a written defense of factory farming, Daniel D’Amico argues that our instinct to prioritize human life over animal life in certain lifeboat

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On Wolves Attacking Deer

Here is another piece of my exchange with Professor Block. It, too, has been edited some. _____________________________  Dear Tommy: I can’t resist this one. If we humans violate animal rights by killing them, don’t they violate each other’s rights by

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Is “Humane” Meat Production Realistic?

I recently received an email from Walter Block, and our debate over the treatment of animals quickly started up again. A snippet (edited slightly for clarity) is posted below. I hope to add more soon. _____________________________ Dear Walter, Hello! It’s been

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Trump’s Tribalism (And Ours)

Almost two years after the fact, the sting to the American Left has not quite faded. That a bumbling, chauvinistic, vituperative, politically inexperienced real estate scion eked out a victory in a contest for the world’s most powerful office still

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Democracy Summer Talk

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