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We are again joined by politics professor Jason Brownlee. This is a continuation of our discussion with Jason from last episode (#142), where he introduced Peter Singer’s work on effective altruism and discussed some of the positive aspects. On this episode Jason discusses some critiques of Singer’s effective altruism, focusing mainly on a failure to address the structural causes of poverty, such as capitalism and neoliberal institutions like the International Monetary Fund.


*Image from Chumbawamba’s album ‘First 2’ – see ‘Clips’ below for a link to buy this album.

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That Mitchell and Webb Sound, Series 1 ‘Just 3 Pounds a Month’, Chumbawamba ‘Invasion’, ‘How to get your Band on Television’ and ‘More Whitewashing’ – all from the album First 2, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott ‘When I Get Back to Blighty’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick’s discussion with Jason on critiques of effective altruism, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

  1. […] We covered similar issues in terms of charity and/or social change on episodes 142 and 143. […]

  2. […] Persons Union (#160), and our episodes on effective altruism and charity versus change (#142 and #143). Also check out Adam Ruins […]

  3. […] Other updates/events covered on the show are: Trivia for the Animals, a winter update from the Bird and Exotic Animal Clinic and the EAGxAustralia 2018 effective altruism conference in Melbourne (we covered the idea of effective altruism on episodes 142 and 143). […]

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