Collectivism Kills, Creativity is Freedom

by Chris Campbell
Laissez Faire Books

“What one needs to do at every moment of one’s life is to put an end to the old world and to begin a new world.” – Nikolai Berdyaev

Collectivism has no place in personal affairs. It kills the mind, body and spirit by negating the individual. Yet, according to Russian philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev, individualism is only a short step in the right direction.

[…] Berdyaev is called the “philosopher of freedom” because freedom, according to him, precedes existence. Therefore, freedom of individual human beings must reign supreme.

“Freedom,” he wrote, “is the ultimate: it cannot be derived from anything: it cannot be made the equivalent of anything. Freedom is the baseless foundation of being: it is deeper than all being.”

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