Everyone should listen to economist Raj Chetty on Ezra's podcast: https://player.fm/series/the-ezra-klein-show/can-raj-chetty-save-the-american-dream …
And then read this extraordinary account of a successful policy intervention he championed: https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/8/4/20726427/raj-chetty-segregation-moving-opportunity-seattle-experiment …
One of the most memorable points Chetty makes: policy interventions meant to boost the welfare of children generally pay themselves back many times over. Pre- and post-natal care, nurse visits, free preschool, tax credits for kids -- all these things MAKE US RICHER.
Compassion works. Kindness, mutual care, loving solidarity -- they work. They are more practical, more hard-headed, more cost-effective than their opposites. We pass punitive policies because they satisfy our atavistic impulses, not out of "realism. "
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