What do you understand by Individualism ?And so on. . . Bax and Quelch boil individualistic ethics down to "The devil take the hindmost," etc. This is the Wikipedia talk-page squabble as relatively high art, well worth the time it will take to read through.
It is the opposite of Socialism.
Why do you give this negative definition ?
Because Individualism is the natural system, and would never have got a distinctive name, or have had to search for its principles, and the reasons on which they are founded, but for the rise of the artificial system of Socialism.
Am I to understand, then, that Individualism is the earlier of the two systems ?
No. Modern Socialism is an attempt to give a scientific justification for a barbarous stage through which men passed in their upward struggle to their present happier state.
Of course, the earlier debate, as I've begun to show, looked very different, and perhaps more useful, at least to those interested in left-libertarian alliance.
Coming up: in preparation for both LeftLiberty and the What Is Property? "open classroom event," some background on Proudhon's philosophy and on that "creepy" motto I stuck on the 'zine.