David Goodhart (born 12 September 1956) is a British journalist, commentator, and author. He is the founder and former editor of Prospect magazine. He is a great-great-grandson of Mayer Lehman, co-founder of Lehman Brothers.
He has written of being an "old Etonian Marxist" in his late teens and early 20s.
Goodhart was a correspondent for the Financial Times for 12 years; for part of the period he was stationed in Germany. He founded Prospect, a British current affairs magazine in 1995 and was the editor until 2010, when he became editor-at-large. In December, 2011, he was appointed Director of the London-based think tank Demos. As of 2017 he is Head of the Demography, Immigration and Integration Unit at the think tank Policy Exchange. [...] He has written for The Guardian, The Independent and The Times. He has presented documentaries for BBC Radio 4's Analysis programme on immigration (in 2010) and on Blue Labour. He has written of the influence on his thinking of people like Maurice Glasman, who coined the term Blue Labour.
Goodhart first wrote that "sharing and solidarity can conflict with diversity", in an essay "Too diverse?" published by Prospect in February 2004. In deviating from liberal orthodoxy, he caused a stir at the time. Trevor Phillips, then chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, described such arguments as being those of "liberal Powellites", after the Conservative politician Enoch Powell.
In the book The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-war Immigration (2013), Goodhart argues that high immigration can undermine national solidarity and be a threat to social democratic ideals about a welfare state. He advocates that immigration to the United Kingdom should be reduced and more emphasis put on integrating immigrants.
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