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In praise of true diversity: privilege the individual, not the group

The diversity debate has lost sight of the fact that communities are made up of members who themselves may be very different

By Julian Baggini  

Photo: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/PA Images

When it comes to opinions about diversity in the UK today, there’s not much, well, diversity. There is rather an increasingly hard division between “authoritarians” and “libertarians,” as the most recent British Social Attitudes survey labels them. While libertarians are “comfortable with diversity” and “welcome the cultural variety created by a multi-linguistic, multi-racial and multi-religious society,” authoritarians “feel that a degree of commonality across these dimensions is needed, as without them the social cohesion that a society needs to function effectively is lost.”

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