Compassion isn’t a problem, writes Gerard Henderson
Click onto the Centre for Independent Studies web site and you’ll find a prominent advertisement for Patrick West’s book Conspicuous Compassion: Why Sometimes it Really is Cruel to be Kind. West argues that public displays of empathy and caring prevent people from acting compassionately.
Gerard Henderson isn’t convinced. While West argues that many people in countries like Australia and Britain are more interested at public displays of compassion than in doing anything constructive, Henderson points out:
…the evidence of the world’s most recent disaster indicates that citizens of the West have been personally generous in support of a good cause and have backed their governments spending their money on their behalf.
Right wing think tanks do little else besides making public displays of their moral and political views. If it isn’t the Centre for Independent Studies’ Lucy Sullivan lecturing the poor on personal responsibility, it’s the Institute of Public Affairs’ Don D’Cruz calling for more government regulation of charities.