Re: Nazis memories

J. Maxwell Legg (
Fri, 30 Oct 1998 10:39:37 +1300

Michael Lorrey wrote:

> No No No. You missed the most important difference. In the first
> definition, it applied to the individual, while the second refered to
> the 'producers' as a common group. This is the essential incompatibility
> of libertarianism and socialism. Libertarianism declares that the prime
> political unit is the individual, while socialism declares that the
> primary political unity is the community or society, thus letting in the
> buggaboo of coersion of the individual by the tyranny of the masses.

Can you give net refs as to how this Libertarianism doublethink came about where the word *political* (i.e. I think of it as describing an aspect of people's connections) came to focus on a node within the connections rather than the collective. If I were to use an analogy, the concepts of a jukebox, genre, playlist or database springs to mind as words on one end of the scale where the adjective *political* would reside and words like individual, song or field appear at the other end. Thus to me a song isn't a set and an individual isn't his connections. My PC isn't a primary internet unit because before I used the internet my PC did other things. I know there are differences between adjectives and nouns and that confusion between the two can lead to delusional thinking, but even though I also know the Nazis were deluded in their thinking about race, etc., this plural/singular (i.e., political/individual) definition mix up that you point to has me perplexed.