It is THE basic ethical and philosophical battleground of man.
I believe that understanding what Collectivism actually is, how it manifests and from whom, is one of the most critically important issues ever.
Collectivism is anathema to Liberty and to Individualism. Collectivism inevitably leads to totalitarianism, predictably and openly IF one can recognize it.
Collectivism and those who hold to its tenants are the bottom-line of our constitutional-ills, loss of liberty, sovereignty and of the Republic itself.
A few links for educational (Collectivism vs Individualism 101) purposes.
A progressive series of excellent, easy to understand videos, each about 5 minutes long, on this topic, which I highly recommend as basic foundational education:
http://youtu.be/dJqSsrFDiSA (Intro Collectivism vs Individualism)
http://youtu.be/qXOrJtn1h2M (Nature and Origin of Human Rights)
http://youtu.be/BOUS6OalV2I (Group Supremacy)
http://youtu.be/_AgcVNzObWE (Coercion vs Freedom)
http://youtu.be/VKPPe78pX5w (Equality and Inequality Under Law)
http://youtu.be/F5_N86Pblj0 (Role of Government)
Enjoy them and please spread them around. If I knew how to go about it, i'd start a topic with these as the basis.