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What would a political advocacy arm of EA look like anyway? 2022-08-04T21:36:52.668Z
The Political Lever: Political Advocacy in Effective Altruism 2022-07-21T21:13:11.182Z

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Comment by minthin on Playbook for U.S. State Legislative Campaigns (Kidney Donation) · 2022-07-26T12:44:40.431Z · EA · GW

Love this, Josh. Political advocacy can feel so inaccessible, you really lay out the fundamentals clearly.

Comment by minthin on EA Shouldn't Try to Exercise Direct Political Power · 2022-07-21T21:39:53.700Z · EA · GW

I love this post and the fact that EAs are weighing trade-offs of electoral politics. 

OP undervalues the impact having one EA in Congress can make. Even if not in the party in power, the member can 1) raise/introduce policy interventions that would otherwise not be considered, even as "marker" bills, 2) shift the Overton window on important cause areas, 3) Recruit fellow members to support policy interventions.

Nonetheless, I'm glad we are weighing the trade-offs of appearing partisan. There are benefits of that too, that should not be overlooked, but def some unintended consequences. 

Comment by minthin on The case for infant outreach · 2022-04-05T14:15:31.986Z · EA · GW

LOL "0% of respondents heard about EA or EA-adjacent ideas before age 2."

Comment by minthin on Things I often tell people about applying to EA Funds · 2021-12-01T15:49:09.862Z · EA · GW

This is super helpful, thank you Michael!

Comment by minthin on Despite billions of extra funding, small donors can still have a significant impact · 2021-11-30T18:23:01.273Z · EA · GW

Thanks for highlighting the potential of small donors to support political candidates and campaigns. In the US, if you expect to take the standard deduction on your taxes, you have a fantastic opportunity to leverage your voice in the democratic process.

Comment by minthin on Analysis of EA funding within Animal Welfare from 2019-2021 · 2021-09-28T17:51:02.540Z · EA · GW

“There’s a relatively small amount of funding towards policy advocacy and legislative change, compared to what I expected, approximately 4.5% average across all three years.“

Could you elaborate on why you were expecting more?

I love this analysis, thanks for taking the time to put it together. I would not have expected it to be so lopsided toward corporate campaigns either.

Comment by minthin on Interactive Graph of Climate Change Intervention Effects + Reflections · 2021-09-15T13:31:47.615Z · EA · GW

Great analysis. Many of these conclusions were not intuitive. 

For those looking to advance climate solutions, I'll plug Citizens' Climate Lobby which advocates for a price on carbon in Congress. I love political advocacy because it can be done with zero cost (ie writing to/lobbying your elected officials), and is a powerful tool for collective action. 

Comment by minthin on Working in Congress (Part #1): Background and some EA cause area analysis · 2021-04-30T15:24:59.734Z · EA · GW

I love this. I'm definitely excited to see EAs thinking about effective policy.

Comment by minthin on How I got an entry-level role in Congress · 2021-04-26T15:52:04.829Z · EA · GW

Great write-up!