A friend and associate of mine, Oxford philosopher Toby Ord, has gained some major coverage on the BBC website. Congratulations, Toby! Toby has pledged 10% of his annual salary, plus any yearly earnings above Â£20,000, to charities fighting poverty in the developing world. He projects that will amount to about Â£1M over the course of his career, which he has calculated could save 500,000 years of healthy life.
Toby is participating in what I glibly call “utility war” — a worldwide war not for money or power, but to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number (positive utility). This could be the war to end all wars. A war we can be pleased to fight.
For more information, see Giving What We Can.