What does Trump mean for EA?

by Jay_Shooster 10th Nov 201670 comments


I'd like to open up a thread for both grieving and productive discussion about whether/how this election should cause us to reconsider our work.

I'll be honest, I've never felt so scared in my life for the future of universe. I am reluctant to admit it, but I do live with a certain optimistic narrative of how my life and world history is supposed to play out. This was not supposed to be part of the story. This event has caused me to think more seriously about focusing on party politics and political organizing with broad progressive coalitions, and scaling back my focus on pure animal rights advocacy. Also when I reflect on the skill and effort that folks like Rob Wiblin and Peter Hurford poured into this election, I am excited by the prospect of other EAs redirecting our efforts and working together on political organizing.

I'd love to hear others' thoughts on this and how everyone's feeling about the election. And as a final note, I want to say that I appreciate this community more than ever.