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    Individualism or Collectivism?

    If forced to choose one way or the other in establishing the primary foundation of a government, which one would you pick?

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    Re: Individualism or Collectivism?

    Individualism, hands down.

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    Re: Individualism or Collectivism?

    Quote Originally Posted by ElijahGalt View Post
    If forced to choose one way or the other in establishing the primary foundation of a government, which one would you pick?
    You need to be more descriptive and define your terms, before I feel I can answer. Also, neither is an absolute; I doubt that there are many of any governments that do one or the other.
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    Re: Individualism or Collectivism?

    I think a mix of both would be the sound decision, since no society exists without the work of individuals, yet collective agreements must be set in order to maintain some kind of order and health.

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    Re: Individualism or Collectivism?

    To make it more user-friendly, perhaps I should modify the poll to ask, which one would you prioritize over the other?

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    Re: Individualism or Collectivism?

    Quote Originally Posted by ElijahGalt View Post
    To make it more user-friendly, perhaps I should modify the poll to ask, which one would you prioritize over the other?
    Still not that simple. It depends on what area of civilization you are talking about. Military? Health care? Education? Social spending? etc etc...

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    Re: Individualism or Collectivism?

    Why can't one take precedence over another? The military is there to protect the collective good, but always must adhere to guidelines intended to protect the right of individuals. So, there's a mixture of both. But throughout history, there are no guesses. Regimes are often for one thing or the other. When they're for collective good, they almost inherently are totalitarian at the core, and the public good is just an excuse to control individuals. Far fewer are the regimes that strive to protect individual rights above all else, for the protection of these rights is the only protection from public tyranny.

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    Re: Individualism or Collectivism?

    The totalitarian regimes were trying to be completely collectivist, and failed. No one system in the developed world reigns supreme, but there's a mix. We don't have just free markets or just centralized economies, we have a mix of both because there are strengths and weaknesses to both.

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    Re: Individualism or Collectivism?

    You know if you're too centrist, you end up doing a complete 360.

    Ultimately, no one regime is completely centrist in this regard.

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    Re: Individualism or Collectivism?

    Neither one would work without elements of the other.

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