Who Cares About Empathy?

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I live in a progressive West Coast city. If I made either of the following claims at any gathering of my mainline-liberal neighbors, I doubt that anyone would raise an objection. Among left-of-center people, they’re both widely and frequently repeated:

  1. Empathy is the basis of morality.
  2. It is impossible for the privileged to empathize with the marginalized.