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    Ask me anything about my views on politics, economics, international relations, social issues, and philosophy. 
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    What are your thoughts, philosophically, on Nuclear proliferation and the validity of justification for such weapons of mass destruction in foreign policy, in peace and times of war?

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    How do you feel about the 70 billion dollars remittances to India? Does it help develop India and make India strong?

    Are remittances the modern day equivalent to colonialism? If so, that would be pretty ironic now that India is the top remittance receiver in the world.



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    What are your thoughts, philosophically, on Nuclear proliferation and the validity of justification for such weapons of mass destruction in foreign policy, in peace and times of war?
    I dunno what you mean by "philosophical" thoughts. I'm a utilitarian, so my "philosophical" thoughts are gonna be pragmatic. 

    I'm not a fan of nuclear proliferation by non-NPT states (e.g., India, Pakistan, Israel). All nuclear states should sign the NPT. In terms of nuclear weapons in general, I wouldn't support abolishing nuclear arsenals, but I do think reducing them is strategically good because it allows nations to cut their defense budgets or reappropriate the money spent into conventional deterrents, which are probably more useful. I don't think there's an imminent threat of nuclear war, so maintaining as many ICBMs as the US does, for example, gives it only minimal soft power -- especially since countries can use conventional weaponry to deter both conventional and nuclear aggression. 

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    How do you feel about the 70 billion dollars remittances to India? Does it help develop India and make India strong?
    I don't pretend to know a lot about remittances in general, but I think they probably promote economic growth, especially since the majority of remittances aren't from skilled workers (so brain drain effects are minimal). 

    Are remittances the modern day equivalent to colonialism? If so, that would be pretty ironic now that India is the top remittance receiver in the world.
    I don't understand why they might be the "modern day equivalent of colonialism."


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    I don't understand why they might be the "modern day equivalent of colonialism."
    Creating wealth outside of a nation and sending it back to the homeland. That kind of colonialism.

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    Creating wealth outside of a nation and sending it back to the homeland. That kind of colonialism.
    I literally don't understand how the former means colonialism.

    Colonialism isn't just about wealth creation. Multinational corporations create wealth in one nation and distribute profits elsewhere. That's not colonialism. Colonialism is about exerting political control over one state in order to benefit another state, without democratic consent in the former state. 

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    That's why I said "modern day" colonialism where the wealth can be extracted from other nations with no political force involved.
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    The wealth in question is being extracted from rich developed countries (e.g., Saudi Arabia), in really small quantities compared to total GDP, to aid in poverty alleviation of low-income families. Even if you want to label it "colonialism," it's hardly bad. And it's not even comparable to the systematic exploitation -- the theft, the mass-murder, the unjust prosecutions, the causing of massive famines and structural poverty to supplement the wealth of the richest in developed global superpowers -- that historic colonialism involved. 
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    I don't think its bad either. It's just interesting that one of the most famous historical colonial nations has learned to reverse the game in their favor without force.
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    What are your thoughts on HIndutva? 
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    It actively perpetuates discrimination against religious minorities and is damaging, socially and economically, to India, in my view. 
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    Is the caste system in decline? What would be your solutions assuming you are against the caste system.
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    Which Hindu god do you spend the most time worshiping?
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    Do you have any opinion on Dambisa Moyo?
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    Which Hindu god do you spend the most time worshiping? 
    lol

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    Do you have any opinion on Dambisa Moyo?
    Hadn't heard of her until now. Will read up on her. 

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    Is the caste system in decline?
    Unsure what you mean by “the caste system.” Assuming you’re referring to discrimination on the basis of caste, it is in decline but it’s still pretty shitty. 

    What would be your solutions assuming you are against the caste system.
    Similar solutions to those proposed to tackle racism in the United States—affirmative action, investing in poverty alleviation in areas populated by members of socially disadvantaged castes, representation in the police force, comprehensive reform to protect disprivileged individuals from sexual assault, etc. 
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    While investments and laws make sense, wouldn't mandated caste quotas and affirmative actiom create a reverse discrimination of a sort? I fail to see the morality of such an unmeritocratic act, especially considering that caste is already in decline. What makes you believe it wouldn't, or isn't already, escalating tensions? 

    Also, similar efforts in the United States end up discriminating against Americans with ancestry in India (given they call under the Asian category) - especially in the case of Affirmative Action. What's your take on this? 


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    While investments and laws make sense, wouldn't mandated caste quotas and affirmative actiom create a reverse discrimination of a sort? I fail to see the morality of such an unmeritocratic act, especially considering that caste is already in decline. 
    I'm a utilitarian. I don't care about "reverse discrimination" if it fights existing discrimination. Though I would make any affirmative action proportional to population in those regions, at least in the context of caste. And we probably need more innovative solutions than just affirmative action, since that's been the status quo for a really long time and I want to accelerate the pace of change. 

    What makes you believe it wouldn't, or isn't already, escalating tensions? 
    To some extent, it is, but in India, it's reached a point where it's politically impossible to oppose affirmative action and people have generally accepted it as a way of life. Affirmative action enjoys majority support and no major political party opposes it. 

    Also, similar efforts in the United States end up discriminating against Americans with ancestry in India (given they call under the Asian category) - especially in the case of Affirmative Action. What's your take on this? 
    I mean, affirmative action at Harvard only reduced Asian-American representation by 7% of what it would have otherwise been. I think, in the context of affirmative action, equally-qualified African-Americans and Latinx-Americans should be preferred to Asian-Americans (because Asian-Americans have much higher median incomes and higher success rates -- the purpose of affirmative action is utilitarian, to reduce net suffering); but Asian-Americans should be preferred to non-Latinx white Americans. It would exist in a multi-layered structure that is sort of similar to the status quo. I do think there's potentially a problem -- described by Tyler Cowen -- where universities discriminate against Asian-Americans and even prefer white individuals to Asian-Americans because white individuals are more likely to donate to these universities when they become alumni; that sort of discrimination is obviously shitty and I strongly oppose it. 
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    Could you tie your utilitarianism in with fighting descrimination with superficial class descrimination in addition to merit, circumstance, community, and other things with a basis in reality?
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    I don't understand what this question means.
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    What exactly appeals to you about something like racism, and consequentially racial descrimination, for your stated goals such as reducing suffering?
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    How would you reform cultures that cause suffering in the world, such as Islamic culture, victim culture,  and welfare culture?
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    Racism causes suffering. I want to reduce it.