In a hypothetical society where true individualism reigns as a principle where no individual can impose anything on another, how is it supposed to work?
I won't worry about rights or law and order since both can be guaranteed. Rights are maximalized. A large part of the laws can be summarized as "Do not harm other individuals or the state." Morality is "Do what is beneficial to other individuals and the state." The main issues with such a hypothetical society are:
1.Reproduction and children. 2.Defense.
The state has to make sure that no individual or group of individuals such as political parties can impose anything on children. Instead education has to be pro-state or completely neutral. Individualists may not necessarily have any interest in the existence of children or to replenish their numbers in any way unless it is good for the society. There is no inherent reason why individualists even need to help the society survive for another 200 years as long as their life spans are shorter than that. If individualists can live forever due to transhumanism, there is no reason why children or reproduction ever need to exist. Hence maybe the solution to the problem of children is transhumanism and a complete end to all forms of human reproduction.
The state will also have to defend itself and its citizens against outside threats. It should not be hard to convince its citizens that defense needs to be done, otherwise collectivists will creep in and subjugate the individualists living in the individualist society. Morality and a generous salary may convince enough individualists to join the military and maintain it.
Edited 12/11/2016 20:41:08
How individualism is supposed to work: 12/11/2016 21:29:21
The individualism/collectivism divide is not based on interests, instead it is based on freedom. Individualists in an individualist society are expected to contribute to it using their own creative ways as opposed to having to conform to certain unnecessary norms. For example the individualist society does not care about your identity, instead it only cares about your behaviors and whether you actually contribute to it. The individualist society is NOT multicultural. It is one single culture that is much more tolerant than ethnic ones but much less tolerant than the multicultural ones since it enforces individual freedom and individualism. Any ideology based on any form of family or tribal control over individuals has to be curbed in an individualist society. For example, it is fine if someone practices Sharia voluntarily as an individual in an individualist society. However any attempt to impose Sharia on anyone other than the individual himself/herself (yep especially a spouse or child!) is not allowed in an individualist society due to its violation of individualism.
In an individualist society, the only entity that can force individuals to do anything is the state which helps promote public interest. Any other entity can only ask/persuade/hire other individuals to do things but never force them. For example if an employee repeatedly does not do his/her work well the employer can just fire him/her but can not coerce him/her into working or obeying. The state should only have laws that need to exist, for example the criminal law should be simplified to laws against murder, theft, robbery, rape and other violation of individual rights as well as serious anti-state and anti-individualism behaviors. Tax and copyright-related laws also need to be simplified. In an individualist society everyone should be able to understand all its laws and what exactly is illegal.
Edited 12/11/2016 23:03:03
How individualism is supposed to work: 12/13/2016 01:21:13
it's well documented that there is a correlation between intelligence and trump support. the smarter you are, the less likely you are to support trump. the more of an idiot you are, the more likely you are to support him.
here on warlight we have a second dimension we can add to this and strengthen the case. there is also a correlation between intelligence and how good people are at this game. the better one is at the game the more likely they are to be smart and people who are bad at the game tend to be on the other end of the spectrum of intelligence.
in this forum we have a lot of trump supporters and they're all awful at the game. so double confirmation about the intelligence of trump supporters.
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How individualism is supposed to work: 12/23/2016 19:52:28