Here's something that I've recently found as well:
What is the key principle underlying collectivism?
The theory of collectivism (in all its variants) holds that man is not an end to himself, but is only a tool to serve the ends of others. Collectivism, unlike individualism, holds the group as the primary, and the standard of moral value. Whether that group is a dictator’s gang, the nation, society, the race, (the) god(s), the majority, the community, the tribe, etc., is irrelevant — the point is that man in principle is a sacrificial victim, whose only value is his ability to sacrifice his happiness for the will of the “group”.
What is the opposite of collectivism?
The opposite of collectivism is individualism. Individualism declares that each and every man, may live his own life for his own happiness, as an end to himself. Politically, the result of such as principle is capitalism: a social system where the individual does not live by permission of others, but by inalienable right.
So let's apply common sense: if a group/ a collective's principle is not based on what's best for all - such as a gang - obviously the individual is forced to comply to 'the rule of the mob' and have no say upon the groups direction which often has a 'ruler of the mob' so to speak and will decide what is best for the mob as a separate entity to do, even if such 'doing' is harming, killing others and still remain 'a group/ a collective.'
What we present is collectivism as a single understanding of what each individual represents as part of a social organism, a collective. This implies that what is best for all cannot be more or less than what is best for all. In the case of our regular politics for example, there is this move from 'right' to 'left' as 'change' which is not so really since both political 'alternatives' are simply both sides of the Same Coin.
Now, certainly people that praise individualism do so from the vantage point of their declaration of independence that claims 'pursuit of happiness' which is what is then pursued at an individual level, disregarding what they do onto the collective = disregarding equality and opting for individuality and seeking to be 'more' than others - this is the basis of capitalism and its intricacy with the flag of 'life' and 'liberty'/ freedom and self-determination/ free will and free choice - all of this certainly shaping the model of what 'Democracy' implied as a keyword for America to excuse their ability to 'Establish Democracy' in other countries, which is something that begun after world war I wherein Democracy was considered as this 'savior' to wherein all that mattered was: establishing Democracy in the countries that were going to embark themselves in their reconstruction after the war, this to the benefit of the US agenda.
Since then, Democracy became a necessary banner to give the individual a perception and belief of freedom/ self determination through supporting their personal interests/ pursuit of happiness and back it up with their very own Declaration of Independence, wherein the infamous 'pursuit of happiness ' was made a human right - obviously, serving as the necessary lobbying for capitalism to bloom to its peak during the past century: reinforcing the Individual, 'the Self' that is the economic Self that Adam Smith forged.
That's the historic background and essentially the past that we are here to self-forgive and redefine, because we all collectively have created such trickery use of words.
For example, what we are doing here is nor against capitalism or collectivism or individualism, it is about a necessary redefinition of each word to ensure that we redefine individualism that is Absolutely Possible in Equality and establish the principles of how the individual's interests can be conjugated with the collective's interests.
I wrote a blog here about this subject which you can read/comment either here of there Can Self Interest be Common Sense?
- I've written out a series of blogs on redefining a very basic definition of capitalism which can be equally found in that blog as the previous and subsequent entries from the link shared here.
Let's 'keep in mind' that words are innocent themselves, it is about How we implement them/live them that creates a problem or a solution.
Thanks for sharing.