We are developing the social individualist meta-context for the future. From the very serious to the extremely frivolous... lets see what is on the mind of the Samizdata people.

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Some things never change…

Comrades! We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all
Nikita Khrushchev

The main plank in the National Socialist program is to abolish the liberalistic concept of the individual
Adolf Hitler

At a time when our entire country is banding together and facing down individualism, the Patriots set a wonderful example, showing us all what is possible when we work together, believe in each other, and sacrifice for the greater good
Ted Kennedy, 2002

There is the great, silent, continuous struggle: the struggle between the State and the Individual
Benito Mussolini

We must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is best for society
Hillary Clinton, 1993

All our lives we fought against exalting the individual, against the elevation of the single person
Vladimir Lenin

Thanks to James Knowles for compiling these quotes

7 comments to Some things never change…

  • Paul Marks

    You are correct.

    Whenever people say they are favour of “more than individual liberty” or even “not just individual liberty” – they just mean that they are against individual liberty.

    Fancy terms like “class freedom” or “race freedom” or “new freedom” or “new liberty” all just mean slavery.

    Paul Marks.

  • zack mollusc

    All the people quoted had a great deal of individual liberty. Strange.

  • Interestingly, there seems to be a dearth of collections of anti-individualist quotes on the web (as found in a couple of Google searches I’ve run), but pro-individual collections abound.

    Libertarianism continues as the dominant culture of the web.

  • Jacob

    You probably missunderstood Nikita Khrushchov’s quote: “We must abolish the cult of the individual”.
    The cult of the individual he wanted to abolish was the cult of Joseph Stalin. The term “cult of the individual” is a code phrase that he used to dethrone Joseph Stalin which was worshiped as some deity. The phrase means: we must stop to worship this particular individual (Joseph Stalin).
    It is not that Khrushchov was a friend of individualism, it is just that this quote means something else.

  • RK Jones

    Just one more from Benito:

    “We were the first to assert that the more complicated the forms assumed by civilization, the more restricted the freedom of the individual must become.”

    Benito Mussolini– quoted in The Road to Serfdom, chapter 4.

  • Xavier Gold

    It’s funny that people like Hillary Clinton want to do away with individualism, considering that she enjoys the same personal freedoms that everyone else in this country enjoys. I wonder, if individualism was taken away from her if she would still stand by her quote up there?