Harry Browne: The Group TrapSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:23
I've been digging on Harry Browne since last night when I picked up How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World after 8 years or so. I first read it right before all this Ron Paul stuff started - probably in 2006, checked out from the Minute Man Library system.
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Here is the beginning to Chapter 6: The Group Trap
The Group Trap is the belief that you can accomplish more by sharing responsibilities, efforts and rewards with other that you can by acting on your own.
It's an easy trap to fall into. It's a common expression that "in union there is strength." Just the opposite is true, however. You achieve more for yourself when your rewards are dependent upon your own efforts rather than upon the efforts of other people.
When you join a group effort to achieve freedom, you waste precious resources on an endeavor that has very little chance of success. In the same way, group efforts are common in business, marriages and even friendships, and there too the Group Trap can cause subtle problems.
Groups are not living entities. They don't think or act; only individuals do (His emphasis, not mine.) And yet, any group effort is based upon the assumption of a group purpose that overrides the individual differences of its members. Its expected that the group will act as a single unit with a unified purpose.
Only individuals think -- and each one thinks differently. Their interests and desires may overlap, but each person will continue to define his own objectives and have his own opinion concerning the best way to achieve those objectives.
Perhaps each person entering a group unconsciously assumes that it will act in unison for his objectives, and by his methods. But every other participant probably has the same assumptions about his ideas.
Reflections on what comes up for you, as individuals?
Groups get cowed by their own form of political correctness as well. That's what I see.