Michael Dewar is the former head of the Green Party Youth Council.
Contrary to the view of most leftists, I am of the opinion that the individual should make her own well being of paramount concern, and approach society in general with the attitude of complete apathy. However, I am not opposed to helping certain individuals for private reasons. Whenever Shawn asks me to participate in a debate regarding the place of the individual in social movements with some stated benefit to society, I am delighted to participate. Primarily because it gives me an opportunity to promote my self-serving views to an audience who would otherwise never hear the truth about how wrong they are, in sum. Of course, there is always a catch. Shawn proposes that he will reply to my egotistical view with a damning rebuttal, meant to crush my position just as I aim to crush the spirits of every reader. Whether or not he succeeds in this is irrelevant. Whether the reader agrees with him or I is irrelevant. I am an egoist. As long as I gain my own benefit from the exercise I will happily join in. Besides which, I’m not sure he will succeed. My position is strong.