by Ed Bugos, Dollar Vigilante:
Individualism is the ethic that, in the west, laid the foundation for massive industrialized societies to emerge from the economic principle of the division of labor… for the abandonment of slavery… and, ultimately, which raised so many people out of poverty.
Under the ancien regime – before the doctrine of individualism and of individual rights in the natural sense came about – the individual never had rights. One may have been part of a family or tribe, where maybe the head had rights in some sense as the citizen of a state.
But the life of an individual was not all that in this state of affairs.
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