DDO account: https://www.debate.org/tejretics/
I'm a senior in high school who is interested in development economics, game theory, and moral philosophy. I joined DDO in early 2015. Many of the things I've said there are stupid and I'd love to take back a lot of it. I am introverted (though I am trying to develop better social skills), curious about how the world works, and committed to doing as much good for those in need as I can. My score on psychology-tools.com's Autism Spectrum Quotient was 35 out of 50 and my MBTI type is INTP-A.
As far as personal beliefs go, I like common sense morality, which I think often aligns with preference utilitarianism pretty well (thanks to Harsanyi’s “veil of ignorance”). I believe that the world’s most important issues are (in rough order) widespread animal suffering, promoting long-run economic growth in developing countries, global health systems and infrastructure, catastrophic/existential risks (from weapons of mass destruction, pandemics, and maybe even artificial general intelligence), the global burden of disease and food insecurity, the quality of governance and political systems, global conflict (including the risk of great power wars), and air pollution (including its effects on climate change). Longevity research also seems to have a lot of potential (https://nintil.com/longevity/). I think a lot of human problems arise from bad incentives and collective action problems, so broad-based attempts to address them (such as mechanism design) are very good (https://bit.ly/3dEP6ec).
My political views are generally moderate (slightly left of center). I like a combination of free markets (e.g., privatize state-owned enterprises, free trade, more urbanization, low corporate taxes, abolish most occupational licensing, fewer restrictions on immigration), social programs to improve mobility and human capital (e.g., building government-run health infrastructure, public schools, school vouchers, unconditional cash transfers for the poor, infrastructure investment), environmental protection (e.g., carbon taxes, subsidies for clean energy, support for nuclear energy, tough laws to protect animal welfare), and independent central banks with level targeting (I’m generally dovish on monetary policy). I’m generally liberal on social issues (e.g., criminal justice, feminism, social egalitarianism), though I oppose restrictions on hate speech. On foreign policy, I generally agree with the recommendations here (https://bit.ly/39uwUR0) for Western liberal democracies. As for developing countries, with some exceptions, a relatively non-interventionist foreign policy is probably the right approach. India in particular should abolish AFSPA, launch an inquiry into human rights violations in Kashmir and the Northeast, and join the NPT, while remaining hawkish on counterterrorism. It should be more open to accepting refugees from all religious backgrounds.