Compassion Bashing: Occupy Empathy and Compassion

Neo-conservatives have been bashing compassion and (most recently) “empathy” for a couple of decades, so that’s one clue. (Their hostility to the ideal is a telling marker of their radical departure from the conservatism of Edmund Burke, and no less a figure than Adam Smith argued that compassion was the most important “moral sentiment” and essential if a capitalist society was to avoid descending into vicious self-destruction.)

 

I can’t cover all the philosophical and political issues here, but suffice it to say, in a society given over to greed and arrogance, compassion could be a revolutionary idea..

 

by Robert Hariman