Does a hungry child in a far away land have any less of a demand on your good will and aid than a hungry child from your own family or neighborhood? Does each individual have the duty to give to
The Atlantic interviews Nobel-prize winning economist Angus Deaton. Far-ranging questions about politics and economics are broached. Deaton coauthored a study about how mortality rates for middle-aged white Americans is actually increasing. White rural drug use seems to be a big part of the story. But are poor white Americans really voting in their best interests when they vote for someone like Trump? Why are they so anti-government when they receive government benefits? How do you compare living in these parts of America versus being in an extremely poor country abroad?
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The ideal of science is objectivity in the service of advancing knowledge. We tend to assume that to be objective, scientists must keep their politics from influencing their work.