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Should someone start a grassroots campaign for USA to recognise the State of Palestine? 2021-05-11T15:29:10.555Z
Are global pandemics going to be more likely or less likely over the next 100 years? 2021-05-06T23:48:19.019Z
Has anyone done any work on how donating to lab grown meat research (https://new-harvest.org/) might compare to Giving Green's recommendations for fighting climate change? 2021-04-28T12:02:00.999Z

Comments

Comment by freedomandutility on Could an international marriage (historically mail order bride) be considered an effective "initiative"? · 2021-05-14T21:05:18.606Z · EA · GW

My opinion is no, but a related initiative I might make a more detailed post on in the future would be something along the lines of making it easier to adopt children from abroad (or even in the same country) / advocating for more adoptions

Comment by freedomandutility on (looking for feedback!) A Happier World: An EA inspired YouTube channel · 2021-05-13T20:17:37.453Z · EA · GW

Great! I'd also recommend reaching out to leaders of university EA groups who might be able to share the videos on social media

Comment by freedomandutility on (looking for feedback!) A Happier World: An EA inspired YouTube channel · 2021-05-13T17:45:30.037Z · EA · GW

I think this is a brilliant idea! I'd like to recommend a video on how the news tends to focus on novel and infrequent problems, and how this systematically misses some of the worst problems which are happening far more frequently, which messes with our ideas of what the worst problems are.

Comment by freedomandutility on Response to Phil Torres’ ‘The Case Against Longtermism’ · 2021-05-12T12:44:42.390Z · EA · GW

I didn't downvote this comment, but 

a) This may have not been your intention, but even in context,  the "white supremacy" claim in the e-book does read as your claim

b) I don't think "poorer countries should transfer their wealth to richer countries" supports "a political, economic and cultural system in which whites overwhelmingly control power and material resources". The richest countries include many countries that aren't majority white such as Singapore, Qatar, UAE, Taiwan etc, so I don't think the 'overwhelmingly' criterion is met here.

c) I'm of the opinion that people should refrain from ever using terms "in a legal scholarly sense"; instead they should either use the term in its usual sense or create a new term with a more specific definition.

That being said, I think a  charitable reading of your e-book makes it seem like you are describing certain conclusions of longetermism as supporting 'white supremacy', and that you are using the term in a 'legal scholarly sense' and defining it as "a political, economic and cultural system in which whites overwhelmingly control power and material resources". I don't know if you have made this claim elsewhere but it did not seem like your e-book claims that "longtermists are white supremacists".

Comment by freedomandutility on HIPR: A new EA-aligned policy newsletter · 2021-05-11T17:11:33.396Z · EA · GW

I think this is a great idea and personally I think it's relevant enough for the forum

Comment by freedomandutility on Ending The War on Drugs - A New Cause For Effective Altruists? · 2021-05-09T18:40:34.865Z · EA · GW

I think this is still a good cause area for EAs:

  1. I think the potential positive effects of global drug legalisation on opioid access in LMICs adds massively to the expected value
  2. I agree that this area is probably not neglected in absolute terms, but I suspect that it might be neglected relative to the expected value of global drug legalisation
  3. I think a global angle (which might have more of a focus on working with WHO and the UN) might not even be neglected in absolute terms
Comment by freedomandutility on Has anyone done any work on how donating to lab grown meat research (https://new-harvest.org/) might compare to Giving Green's recommendations for fighting climate change? · 2021-04-29T12:07:43.661Z · EA · GW

Thanks, exactly what I was looking for!