The Difference between Voluntary Collectivism and Forced CollectivismSubmitted by RobHino on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 13:57
Wikipedia explains, "Collectivism is any philosophic, political, religious, economic, or social outlook that emphasizes the interdependence of every human. Collectivism is a basic cultural element that exists as the reverse of individualism in human nature (in the same way high context culture exists as the reverse of low context culture). Collectivist orientations stress the importance of cohesion within social groups (such as an 'in-group', in what specific context it is defined) and in some cases, the priority of group goals over individual goals. Collectivists often focus on community, society, nation or country."
There is a difference between voluntary collectivism and forced collectivism. The argument that libertarians and/or voluntaryists don't believe in and advocate for the better good of society and our communities is generally wrong in my opinion. We LOVE our communities. We love helping society. We just don't like your community or your society telling our society how to organize ourselves, and we really hate your society forcing us to fund your society....the collective "your."
The difference is that voluntarily organizing into groups is natural and necessary, and all human beings generally want to be part of some community. We want to live in societies that reinforce our beliefs and values, keep us safe from outside forces, and foster growth and development of our children.
Forced collectivism is not natural and requires that you abide by rules and laws created by outside groups, groups with dissimilar interests...a one size fits all approach that doesn't fill all. Experimental societal structures are disallowed, disapproved, and stifled.