While all philanthropy seeks to make the world a better place, the effective altruism movement believes this is not enough. Its leaders are trying to raise an army of analytical thinkers who use evidence and reason to work out how to do the most overall good possible. By any reasonable measure, I should be a prime target for conscription. I have spent my entire career in the nonprofit sector, except for the two years I took earning my MBA. I thrive on abstract debates about moral philosophy and...

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