Yahoo news: Liberals & Conservatives Moving Farther Apart

My personal observation is that there are two types of people: those who feel that their essence is being a part of a group, with responsibilities to and entitlements from that group, and those who feel their essence is being an autonomous individual, a free agent in the world, connected to a group only on a voluntary basis. This is true in every country, with socialist-liberal and conservative political movements being loose manifestations of these dispositions. I think this dichotomy is a characteristic of mankind and will always exist. The former group thoroughly dominate the Western World at present, with the arguable exception of the United States where the Republican and Libertarian parties are the last bulwarks against complete dominance. I started my own resistance effort with my book Human Rights, What Are They Really?

Filed under: Comments on News Stories | December 17th, 2013