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Individualism is a Product, But It Has Never Truly Been Available… Until Now | The Daily Bell

Posted by M. C. on May 15, 2018

Most people are not even close to being in a position to simply throw off the government and be true individuals. People originally gave the government more control because the government offered them an alternative to family and community.

By Joe Jarvis

Modern governments and industries work in collusion to control the individual. But ironically, they were only able to grow powerful by exploiting the desire to be an individual.

According to Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, governments started out as simple gangs, collecting protection money.

Many kingdoms and empires were in truth little more than large protection rackets. The king was the capo di tutti capi who collected protection money, and in return made sure that neighbouring crime syndicates and local small fry did not harm those under his protection. He did little else.

Governments needed to rebrand if they wanted to expand into family and community affairs. This is how the great partnership of government and industry was born. They needed each other, they fed off one another.

Governments marketed themselves to the people by appealing to the desire to be an individual. Governments said they would liberate the people from the oppressive regimes of the family and community…


The state and the market approached people with an offer that could not be refused. ‘Become individuals,’ they said. ‘Marry whomever you desire, without asking permission from your parents. Take up whatever job suits you, even if community elders frown. Live wherever you wish, even if you cannot make it every week to the family dinner. You are no longer dependent on your family or your community. We, the state and the market, will take care of you instead. We will provide food, shelter, education, health, welfare and employment. We will provide pensions, insurance and protection.’

Romantic literature often presents the individual as somebody caught in a struggle against the state and the market. Nothing could be further from the truth. The state and the market are the mother and father of the individual, and the individual can survive only thanks to them. The market provides us with work, insurance and a pension. If we want to study a profession, the government’s schools are there to teach us. If we want to open a business, the bank loans us money. If we want to build a house, a construction company builds it and the bank gives us a mortgage, in some cases subsidised or insured by the state. If violence flares up, the police protect us. If we are sick for a few days, our health insurance takes care of us. If we are debilitated for months, social security steps in.

As much as I hate to admit it, Harari is largely right. Society doesn’t inherently need the state or corporations, but right now, an indoctrinated society does. And we cannot hope to limit their power without understanding this…

Yes, the government was able to secure power by luring individuals away from the family. But now the individual hardly has any options besides falling back on the government safety net.

But we are entering an age where you can find a real or virtual community for almost anything. You have never had more freedom to choose who to work for, or simply create a product or service yourself. You can love who you want and move where you want.

I would argue that the one main holdout against meaningful reform is the government. There are still only 195 products (countries). And some of them are off limits, or just so terrible that they basically are not even options.

Some products, like the United States, China, and Russia, dominate the other products so they cannot offer a new and improved a product. For instance, the European Union has pushed back against Estonia’s plan for a decentralized nation powered by a cryptocurrency.

But all signs point to the liberation of the individual. Things are getting better for humanityOptions are flourishingAnd never has an individual had more power to build the life of his or her dreams.

You don’t have to play by the rules of the corrupt politicians, manipulative media, and brainwashed peers.

Be seeing you

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