Effective Altruism Is No Substitute for a Better Society

The philosophy of effective altruism is catnip to well-meaning and intellectually inclined donors. But as a strategy for tackling what’s wrong with the world, it misses the mark.

Illustration by Rose Wong

Last year, I debated philosopher Michael Huemer on taxation. Huemer is a prominent libertarian who believes that taxes are “theft,” and in many ways, the debate was typical of those that take place between socialists and libertarians on that topic. He surprised me, though, when he started talking about hypothetical conditions under which taxation might […]

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