Problems I want to solve
Is economic development a cost-effective way to reduce war?
- One of the strongest findings in the international relations literature is Democratic Peace Theory.
- Democracies don't go to war with each other.
- To end war, one might suggest, simply make all countries democracies.
- Experience has taught Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan that this is easier said than done.
- But China is learning that it is hard to have a developed economy, with access to the internet, and non-democratic rule.
- I'm not sure if Democratic Peace Theory will hold for democracies created via economic development.
- It seems the best hope for world peace anyone has known for a long time.
Population Ethics and Political Theory
- Population ethics is one of the trickier branches of modern philosophy, and is to a certain extent unsolved.
- There is no position that doesn't entail biting some uncomfortable bullets, or using ad hoc measures to avoid them.
- Solving all of population ethics in my spare time would be a little ambitious.
- I want to come up with a workable way to integrate the problems and knowledge of population ethics into normative political theory.
- This would focus largely on the position of children, parents, and the relative distribution of positive and negative rights.