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'''Collectivism''' is the belief that an imagined welfare of a group takes precedence over individual rights and values.  It is generally preferred by [[liberal]]s.  [[Libertarians]] generally prefer [[individualism]], while [[conservative]]s reject collectivism in favor of concern for the [[family]], [[society]], and the [[nation]].
 
'''Collectivism''' is the belief that an imagined welfare of a group takes precedence over individual rights and values.  It is generally preferred by [[liberal]]s.  [[Libertarians]] generally prefer [[individualism]], while [[conservative]]s reject collectivism in favor of concern for the [[family]], [[society]], and the [[nation]].
  
Collectivism thus is not to be confused with the fact that individual liberty allows, and love of others often enjoins, collective action. In other words, 1) civil society, beginning with the civil family, is not, by definition, [[parallel play]], but, rather, is an informal coordination of balancing between complementary and sometimes even conflicting needs; whereas 2) collectivism is a consistent subsuming of the natural and civil rights of the individual, and thus of the family, to an unintelligently inflexible mere abstraction of those very rights.
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Collectivism thus is not to be confused with the fact that individual liberty allows, and love of others often enjoins, collective action. In other words, 1) civil society, beginning with the civil family, is not, by definition, [[parallel play]], but, rather, is a more-or-less informally coordinated balancing of complementary, and sometimes even conflicting, needs; whereas 2) collectivism is a consistent subsuming of the natural and civil rights of the individual, and thus of the family, to an unintelligently inflexible mere abstraction of those very rights.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==

Revision as of 03:17, 26 January 2012

Collectivism is the belief that an imagined welfare of a group takes precedence over individual rights and values. It is generally preferred by liberals. Libertarians generally prefer individualism, while conservatives reject collectivism in favor of concern for the family, society, and the nation.

Collectivism thus is not to be confused with the fact that individual liberty allows, and love of others often enjoins, collective action. In other words, 1) civil society, beginning with the civil family, is not, by definition, parallel play, but, rather, is a more-or-less informally coordinated balancing of complementary, and sometimes even conflicting, needs; whereas 2) collectivism is a consistent subsuming of the natural and civil rights of the individual, and thus of the family, to an unintelligently inflexible mere abstraction of those very rights.

See also