Sys­temic change

TagLast edit: 27 May 2021 12:35 UTC by Pablo

Systemic change is change relating to practices or institutions established as normative or customary throughout a political, social, or economic system.

Some critics of effective altruism allege that its proponents have failed to engage with systemic change (Srinivasan 2015). Whether they are right or not depends on what is meant by the term. Members of the community are working on political issues within areas such as macroeconomic policy, immigration reform and land use reform (Wiblin 2015). However, work on certain types of “radical” change, such as attempts to overthrow capitalism or abolish private property, are much less common (Chappell 2016).


Chappell, Richard Yetter (2016) Effective altruism, radical politics and radical philanthropy, Philosophy, et Cetera, April 20.
An examination and criticism of the claim that effective altruism fails to engage with systemic change.

Effective Altruism (2016) Does effective altruism neglect systemic change?, in ‘Frequently asked questions and common objections’, Effective Altruism.
More information on this topic, including a list of articles arguing that effective altruists neglect “systemic change”.

Open Philanthropy (2021) Policy, in ‘Cause reports’, Open Philanthropy.
The Open Philanthropy Project works on many projects seeking to bring about systemic change.

Srinivasan, Amia (2015) Stop the robot apocalypse, London Review of Books, Vol. 37, No. 18, pp. 1–10.
An example of an article arguing that effective altruists neglect “systemic change”.

Wiblin, Robert (2015) Effective altruists love systemic change, 80,000 Hours, July 8.
Examples of members of the effective altruism community working on systemic change.

[Question] Is cap­i­tal­ism the root of all evil?

Ayman15 May 2021 16:32 UTC
−16 points
15 comments1 min readEA link

Don’t we need poli­ti­cal ac­tion rather than char­ity?

lukefreeman17 May 2021 1:13 UTC
10 points
3 comments2 min readEA link

Some per­sonal thoughts on EA and sys­temic change

Carl_Shulman26 Sep 2019 21:40 UTC
188 points
17 comments6 min readEA link

An in­ner de­bate on risk aver­sion and sys­temic change

AndrewDoris2 Feb 2021 22:31 UTC
16 points
5 comments8 min readEA link

End­ing The War on Drugs—A New Cause For Effec­tive Altru­ists?

MichaelPlant6 May 2021 13:18 UTC
108 points
20 comments2 min readEA link

Com­plex­ity and the Search for Leverage

Naryan28 May 2021 15:06 UTC
29 points
9 comments5 min readEA link

Sum­mary of my aca­demic pa­per “Effec­tive Altru­ism and Sys­temic Change”

antonin_broi26 Sep 2019 13:55 UTC
73 points
5 comments4 min readEA link

Tak­ing Sys­temic Change Seriously

kbog24 Oct 2016 23:18 UTC
7 points
28 commentsEA link

Could I have some more sys­temic change, please, sir?

MichaelPlant22 Jan 2018 16:26 UTC
24 points
23 commentsEA link

My new ar­ti­cle on EA and the sys­temic change objection

tdsyme15 Feb 2019 18:27 UTC
10 points
21 comments1 min readEA link
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