What, then, are the essential characteristics of true individualism? The first thing that should be said is that its is primarily a theory of society, an attempt to understand the forces which determine the social life of man, and only in the second instance a set of political maxims derived from this view of society. This fact should by itself be sufficient to refute the silliest of the common misunderstandings: the belief that individualism postulates (or bases its arguments on the assumption of) the existence of isolated or self-contained individuals, instead of starting from men whose whole nature and character is determined by their existence in society.
10 abril 2009
Como sou um cara maneiro, digito aqui um trecho do início do livro Individualism and Economic Order: