David Goodhart on diversity and solidarity

“Thinking about the conflict between solidarity and diversity is another way of asking a question as old as human society itself: Who is my brother? With whom do I share mutual obligations? The traditional conservative Burkean view is that our affinities ripple out from our families and localities, to the nation and not very far beyond. That view is pitted against a liberal universalist one which sees us in some sense equally obligated to all human beings from Bolton to Burundi… [Burkeans] argue that we feel more comfortable with, and are readier to share with, and sacrifice for, those with whom we have shared histories and similar values. To put it bluntly – most of us prefer our own kind.”

David Goodhart, in British magazine Prospect

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