An Exercise in Definitions and Concepts...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Liberty -vs- Tyranny

Definition of COLLECTIVISM:

1: a political or economic theory advocating collective control especially over production and distribution; also : a system marked by such control

2: emphasis on collective rather than individual action or identity

Definition of INDIVIDUALISM:

1: a. Belief in the primary importance of the individual and in the virtues of self-reliance and personal independence. b. Acts or an act based on this belief.

2: a. A doctrine advocating freedom from government regulation in the pursuit of a person's economic goals.
b. A doctrine holding that the interests of the individual should take precedence over the interests of the state or social group.

3: a. The quality of being an individual; individuality. b. An individual characteristic; a quirk.
Definitions posted for the benefit of those who have difficulty in understanding the
the subtle differences. Example from a prior blog post: " Why is "collectivism" and "individualism" considered polar opposites?



  1. What a bunch of gibberish.

    Lets see, collectivism, monopolies, oligarchies and corporatism all represent the same thing according to your definition.

    So, corporatism is collectivism? In the Marxist sense?

    The reality is the competitive nature of capitalism creates monopolies, oligarchies, corporatism and the concept of "too big to fail." Because in a competitive world someone or some company comes out on top and they conquer their competition.

    Eventually, you lead to a few controlling or owning the vast majority. That in turns gives them "collective control."

    So, capitalism creates collectivism?

    1. Yep, I just posted @ 10:47 PM on 8/23/13 a comment with plenty of gibberish.

    2. Tao: a big correction: it is the intervention of the state that creates monopolies and "too big to fail". Regulations and crony capitalism keep the little fish out and feed giant fish like Bank of America.


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