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I’m against activism. That doesn’t mean I don’t think there are worthy causes, but you should be wary of the organizations that support the causes. When you join an organization, it affects your identity and they’re subject to dogmatism.
In college, there was a group called the 80/20 Initiative that tried to recruit students. This group believed that Asian Americans didn’t have political power because the votes were spread out fairly evenly among the political parties. They believed that 80% of Asians had to vote as a block in order to get politicians to support Asian causes.
Do all Asians want the same thing?
Who sets the agenda?
Democracy? What happened to your vote mattering?
The usual reply is that this is the way the game is played, yada yada.
I’m reminded of the idea of Effective Altruism, the concept that we should use our comparative advantage to make as much money as we can and then donate that money to the most effective charities.
It’s like they’ve never heard of the Principal-Agent Problem. Why do they think throwing money at a problem would solve it?