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Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor

Writing for PS since 2002
150 commentaries
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Shashi Tharoor, a former UN under-secretary-general and former Indian Minister of State for External Affairs and Minister of State for Human Resource Development, is an MP for the Indian National Congress. He is the author of Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century.

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    The Ethics of Prioritizing COVID-19 Vaccination

    Peter Singer

    In the United States and some other countries, members of disadvantaged racial and ethnic minorities have a lower-than-average life expectancy, and therefore are under-represented among those most likely to die from COVID-19. How should policymakers weigh this and other factors specific to population sub-groups? 

    argues that the overriding principle guiding who gets inoculated first must be to save the most lives.
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    The Cure for Demagogic Populism

    Michael Lind

    Demagogues such as US President Donald Trump emerge when conventional politicians and party establishments ignore large groups of a country’s population. The best way to counter them is to incorporate alienated constituencies into mainstream politics and address their legitimate grievances.

    argues that a disease of representative democracy can be treated only by making democracy more representative.

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