Manifesto of the Communist Party A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre:
Some say that they do, at least sometimes. And some think they clash quite often. Consider the case of a famous theater in Fullerton, California, which was about to be sold by its owner, Edward G. They claimed that opposing their desire amounted to pitting private against community interests—and of course the latter should prevail.
Supreme Court disagreed, siding with those who wanted their individual rights protected. After all, no individual has ever survived alone, utterly apart from others. Family, neighbors, tribe, village, city, country, and world—all form a vital feature of the life of every individual human being.
So any basic antagonism between the individual and the various communities of which he is a member would seem to be a fiction. As individuals, we need other people.
Community benefits, Aristotle observed, are natural. At the same time, we cannot exercise our full human potential if our individuality is stifled, suppressed, and banned by the mass of men who call themselves society.
Creative thought, self-directedness, resistance to mindless conformity and the like are all part of what we have come to understand as human virtues. So how did individual rights and the public interest come to be the premier polar opposite of political life?
Perhaps the deepest roots of the notion lie in the conditions of tribal life before the dawn of civilization.
It has always been natural, as F. Hayek pointed out, for persons to be bound up in close relationships with others. And in the earliest times, especially before human beings had engaged in much reflective thought, let alone writing, survival literally depended on these ties. With the birth of political thought in ancient Greece, attention began to be paid to individual moral development.
But there was still much more focus on how communities should be administered and on what specifically civic virtues men ought to cultivate than on how to resolve conflicts between individuals and the community.
With the life and death of Socrates, serious issues did arise that Plato then developed into major themes of his political explorations. But although Socrates was in conflict with society, he explicitly granted the moral supremacy of the group—it had a right to impose the death penalty on him, he believed, and it would have been wrong to try to elude it.
Nevertheless, the question posed by the drama of Socrates is still the question we face today: For Plato the universal Idea of Humanity, or Man, possesses transcendent significance, while the particular incarnations of that Idea—namely, you, me, and Fred next door—are perishable, imperfect, even base and low—poor shadows of the Real Thing.
So the first major political reflection in Western history underscored the notion that individuals are lowly parts of a greater whole. Even in Aristotle, the status of the individual citizen takes a back seat to the need to properly administer the community.
Indeed, for the ancient Greeks generally the obligations of citizenship take precedence over concerns about individual rights or liberty.
Individual rights do make a vital appearance in Aristotle—a pivotal appearance, historically speaking—but are not treated in the prominent way that they would be in the thirteenth century, in the work of William of Ockam, and thereafter, especially in the writings of John Locke and later libertarians.
But there are also competing views, and the issue is hardly moot. Instead we can and should ask: What are the standards according to which we should judge and resolve apparent conflicts between the individual and the community?
And does it not matter what kind of community we are talking about? In fact, what is at issue in purported conflicts between the individual and society are varying conceptions of good community life held by various individuals. It is hard to imagine any individual rejecting community life as such; it is too vital a support system.
What a normal, reasoning individual seeks is not an end to community but a community in which his own goals can be realized and his values reflected. He may also seek to impose his choices and preferences on others by force—but then it is his own choice that introduces conflict, one that rests in fact on a mistaken conception of what constitutes a healthy and viable community.
Communities are not automatically healthy or nurturing. Individual members need to watch over them to make sure—applying standards that are objective, rather than impulsive or emotional—that they are conducive to human life.
This vigilance is the responsibility of the individual. Even the most crucial of communities, the family, is subject to moral evaluation: By the same token, a larger community that chronically stifles individual aspiration may be deemed corrupt and stagnant—something to be repaired or even rejected altogether.
What makes a community suitable is its systematic embrace of principles that make self-directed individual life possible in a social context.
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