Moral Poverty and the Riots

Malik, Kenan
http://www.kenanmalik.com/essays/gp_riots.html

Year Published:  2011  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX12713

Because the right has appropriated the arguments about moral failure, many on the left have rejected moral arguments altogether. The left talks much about the social and economic impact of neoliberal policies. But little about their moral impact. Such willful blindness is dangerous. Morality is as important to the left as it is to the right, though for different reasons. There can be no possibility of a political or economic vision of a different society without a moral vision too. Moral arguments lie at the heart of our understanding of social solidarity, and of the distinction between notions of social solidarity and pious rightwing claims of ‘we’re all in it together’.

Subject Headings