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Comment by ellie (emily9) on Open Thread: June — September 2022 · 2022-08-02T23:01:10.724Z · EA · GW

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Comment by emily9 on [deleted post] 2022-03-04T23:20:47.162Z

I think there are a lot of factors here. If you’re a CEO in a wheelchair, you’re certainly better off working and donating. A low-paid person who’s physically strong might be very valuable in Ukraine.

I doubt you could really estimate the utility you can’t really predict the future - Ukraine could win and we could still have many of the bad outcomes people are scared of (e.g. nuclear war, Russia attacking Europe).

There are a lot of other things you could do to promote peace - like advocating policies in the US like renewing New START and reducing the “defense” budget (or equivalent policies in your country), getting a job in arms control/foreign policy (e.g. IAEA, Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation), or focusing on understudied/funded issues like landmine nonproliferation.