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The three most important new tax proposals

Well-designed government taxes can promote social justice, ecological sustainability and economic productivity. Here I present three most promising tax proposals that I encountered the past few years, during my studies in economic policy. They improve both equality and efficiency (or … Lees verder

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The openness of effective altruism

Effective altruism is a global social movement that uses science and reason to do the most good. Perhaps the most striking characteristic of the effective altruism movement, that differentiates it from other social movements, is its high degree of openness. … Lees verder

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Wild animal suffering, longtermism and population ethics

Should we prioritize wild animal welfare research? If we take a long-term perspective, the problem of wild animal suffering is likely to become very important and perhaps even dominant. But judging whether we should prioritize far future wild animal welfare … Lees verder

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Why your neighbor cares more about animal rights than you think

Recently, I listened to a very interesting episode of the You Are Not So Smart podcast, about pluralistic ignorance: a group conformity effect where a majority of the population privately rejects a norm, but publicly accepts that norm because they … Lees verder

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Carbon offsetting versus meat offsetting

A carbon offset is a payment to avoid greenhouse gas emissions by others elsewhere in the world according to the same amount that one has emitted oneself, in order to neutralize one’s own carbon footprint. There are several effective ways … Lees verder

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Climate activism, alarmism and effectiveness

In recent years, climate activism showed a regained interest in direct action and civil disobedience. One example is Extinction Rebellion. In their communication, these direct action groups often appeal to alarmism with doom scenarios about apocalyptic climate change. Direct actions … Lees verder

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Some solutions to utilitarian problems

I have recently written a series of articles about problems in utilitarian ethics that are relevant for effective altruism. A first article describes why I became a utilitarian and what kind of utilitarianism I support (i.e. preference, rule, variable critical … Lees verder

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