WaPo forum on Effective Altruism

The Washington Post is discussing Effective Altruism.  There are two critical contributions, neither of which I find very compelling:(1) William Schambra claims that most
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The Washington Post is discussing Effective Altruism.  There are two critical contributions, neither of which I find very compelling:(1) William Schambra claims that most Americans are too selfish to care about global problems or contribute to global charities: "Given the American tendency towards materialism and individualism, we cannot rely on grand causes to summon us to public-mindedness. Rather, it comes only when it is shown that public involvement is closely linked to our personal interests."He then worries that EA will undermine local civic organizations and community charities, which more people are actually willing to get involved in.  But if people are not receptive to EA's message, I'm not sure why it would have any such effects.I also think it's a mistake to see effective altruism and civic activities as essentially in conflict.  The central message of EA, as I see it, is that (i) we should all contribute substantially to making the. . .

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