David Goodhart argues that liberal thinking on immigration has, in recent years, promoted two contradictory ideals. On the one hand there is the ideal of ‘solidarity’, or the desire that people in society, wherever they originate from, should be unified by one common purpose. And on the other hand there is the ‘diversity’ argument, which calls for the differences that immigration brings to society to be celebrated. In Goodhart’s opinion diversity has won out over solidarity, leading him to advocate a policy of lowering immigration, integrating immigrants and introducing more patriotism to reverse the trajectory.
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