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The majority, oppressing an individual, is guilty of a crime, abuses its strength, and by acting on the law of the strongest breaks up the foundations of society.

— Thomas Jefferson

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Among other grand achievements, F. A. Hayek had a remarkable career pointing out the flaws in collectivism. 

One of his keenest insights was that, paradoxically, any collectivist system necessarily depends on one individual (or small group) to make key social and economic decisions.

In contrast, a system based on individualism takes advantage of the aggregate, or ‘collective,’ information of the whole society; through his actions each participant contributes his own particular, if incomplete, knowledge—information that could never be tapped by the individual at the head of a collectivist state.

— Sheldon Richman

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I think a major reason why intellectuals tend to move towards collectivism is that the collectivist answer is a simple one.

If there’s something wrong, pass a law and do something about it.

— Milton Friedman

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Collectivism is the doctrine that the social collective — called society, the people, the state, etc. — has rights, needs, or moral authority above and apart from the individuals who comprise it.

We hear this idea continually championed in such familiar platitudes as ‘the needs of the people take precedence over the rights of the individual,’ ‘production for people, not profits,’ and ‘the common good.’ 

Collectivism often sounds humane because it stresses the importance of human needs.

In reality, it is little more than a rationalization for sacrificing you and me to the desires of others.

— Jarret B. Wollstein

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It is collectivism that is the unrealistic expression of utopian belief systems. 

In its worst form — the state — collectivism is the institutionalized exertion of violence to compel living beings to behave contrary to their natural self-interest inclinations. 

So strong are the motivations for individual preferences that the state must resort to attacks upon the very nature of life to satisfy the ambitions of those who see others as nothing more than resources to be exploited for such ends.

— Butler D. Shaffer

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I have a strong belief that there is a danger of the public opinion of this country… believing that it is our duty to take everything we can, to fight everybody, and to make a quarrel of every dispute.

That seems to me a very dangerous doctrine, not merely because it might incite other nations against us… but there is a more serious danger, that is lest we overtax our strength.

However strong you may be, whether you are a man or a nation, there is a point beyond which your strength will not go.

It is madness; it ends in ruin if you allow yourself to pass beyond it.

— Lord Salisbury

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People have often been willing to give up personal identity and join into a collective.

Historically, that propensity has usually been very bad news.

Collectives tend to be mean, to designate official enemies, to be violent, and to discourage creative, rigorous thought.

Fascists, communists, religious cults, criminal ‘families’ — there has been no end to the varieties of human collectives, but it seems to me that these examples have quite a lot in common.

I wonder if some aspect of human nature evolved in the context of competing packs.

We might be genetically wired to be vulnerable to the lure of the mob.

— Jaron Lanier

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The superficial distinctions of Fascism, Bolshevism, Hitlerism, are the concern of journalists and publicists; the serious student sees in them only one root-idea of a complete conversion of social power into State power.

— Albert Jay Nock

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Someday, someone will walk into your life and make you realize why it never worked out with anyone else.

– Unknown

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The most fluent talkers or the most plausible reasoners are not always the justest thinkers.

— William Hazlitt