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AntiFascist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-08-07 04:56 PM
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219. Then we enter into discussions about the dangers of mob mentality...

the state can work in the service of the masses, but it still may neglect individual needs for the sake of the many.

In an ideal society people would place others' needs ahead of their own, but there are also cases where an individual may have a vision of the future of society, or some aspect of society, which only he alone can bring about. Fascistic, neocon visions of the future are bad where only isolated groups are allowed to prosper, but if that vision advances society as a whole then the individual has a purpose that is worth pursuing. In a socialist/beareucratic government the individual might have a chance for advancing his cause, but resources are limited and, certainly, meeting the short-term needs of the many comes first. In a capitalist system he might be able to invest his own capital or the capital of others to pursue his vision.
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