Answer To Collectivism: Individualism

“Individualism is at once an ethical-psychological concept and an ethical political one. As an ethical- psychological concept, individualism holds that a human being should think and judge independently, respecting nothing more than the sovereignty of his or her mind; thus, it is intimately connected with the concept of autonomy. As an ethical political concept, individualism upholds the supremacy of individual rights”— Nathaniel Branden

“The foundation of individualism lies in one’s moral right to pursue one’s own happiness. This pursuit requires a large amount of independence, initiative, and self responsibility.

“Politically, true individualism means recognizing that one has a right to his own life and happiness. But it also means uniting with other citizens to preserve and defend the institutions that protect that right.” –Shawn E. Klein

“This right to life, this right to liberty, and this right to pursue one’s happiness is unabashedly individualistic, without in the slightest denying at the same time our thoroughly social nature.

It’s only that our social relations, while vital to us all, must be chosen that is what makes the crucial difference.”
–Prof. Tibor R. Machan,

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