Individualists hold that as little as possible should be done
for its subjects by the State, as much as possible being left to free
Socialism tends to treat the individual as merely a part of the
State, holding his possessions (if any) simply by its permission, while
Individualism regards the state as a collection of separate units, with
rights of life and
property independently, which the State does not confer but merely
guarantees. Extreme individualists hold that all government is an evil,
though it may be a necessary evil, and the “anarchists” profess the
extremest form of the creed.
“Individualism rests on the principle that a man shall be his own
master.” —Draper: Conflict between Religion and Science, chap. xi. p. 295.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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