Jonathan Green over at ABC’s The Drum, on common humanity:
OK, but is a shout of “individualism!” the end of it when so many of the deepest issue we confront are shared? Must everything devolve into doctrine? If we all agree we hate poverty, do we have to fight forever on the precise nature of the solution? And at what point does the fight become an end in itself? Might not various unquestionably good ends justify any amount of compromise toward the means?
This is a serious problem – it’s not just one person’s view and one argument over Twitter, it’s a sign of an old disagreement which happens to greater or lesser extent, in many contexts, with many different formulations all the time. The consequences Jonathan mentions aren’t hypothetical argumentative fictions, they’re real.