So we should behave as individualists in some of the things we do. Even the most hard-core communist regimes came to the conclusion that such is the case, and much of what people did was judged and rewarded or punished as such.
But in other ways, some degree of collectivism is optimum. I think the Amish experience is relevant here. As I understand it, the practice is for the whole Amish community to get together to build a barn (and maybe other things, I don't know) for a new farm, probably when the man gets married and acquires the land. That's collectivism. After that, the farm is his, he does the work, and he gets the profits. That's individualism. It works.
And the trick here is that it's not a spectrum after all. You have individualism, yes, but you have different kinds of collectivism at different levels. Curt Doolittle mentions the nation, the tribe, and the family, and of course there are others:
Guest post by Curt Doolittle:
THE UNCOMFORTABLE POLITICAL TRUTH WE MUST INTEGRATE IN THIS CENTURY
Nationalism, Tribalism, Familialism are all the best POLITICAL criteria for decidability in matters of
I don't like "anti-anyone" other than perhaps I am pretty much against religions that are incompatible with natural law, and are justified by means incompatible with physical law.
I prefer limiting immigration to the 'highly' skilled (I don't include IT in that category - IT will be analogous to any other trade soon enough). And I am against the importation of calculators, managers, laborers, and underclasses, in all cases. Precisely because they may increase short-term profits at the expense of long-term genetic, institutional, and normative costs.
But if we retain Nationalism, Tribalism, and Familialism in Political policy (positive production of commons) and Individualism in Legal policy (negative resolution of differences), then this forces groups to pay their own way genetically, institutionally, and normatively. And by doing so raise their family, tribe, and nation to transcendence.
We do not make better people so much as we eliminate those people who are a detriment to the better people.
And it is this reality that we must come to terms with in this century.
The Propertarian Institute
Quibcags: The first is illustrated by Yuki Nagato of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu) , because she looks smart. The second by another version of Hetalia: Axis Powers (Axis Powers ヘタリア).