"Effective Altruism": Where Peter Singer Gets Philanthropy Wrong

October 10, 2013 | Posted by Michael C. Phillip in


Altruism, like love, is a trait that resists quantification. Its existence can’t be reduced to a numerical value because altruism is inherently relational. When the relational aspect is removed or diminished, altruism becomes less about others and more about ourselves. Instead of being an end in itself, altruism becomes a means to an end; and that end is almost always self-focused. Peter Singer,... Read More

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Sandy Hook and the Wisdom of Organizing

January 15, 2013 | Posted by Michael C. Phillip in


A month out from the Sandy Hook shootings, grieving Newtown, Connecticut residents have begun to mobilize. So has Washington. Post fiscal cliff, the policy buzz about the beltway targets assault weapons. Late last year, the Obama administration initiated a task force headed by Vice President Biden to look at options for curtailing civilian access to assault weapons. The administration is calling... Read More

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