Liberty Lost?

Liberty Lost?


To What Extent Have the United States of America Become Collectivist To The Detriment of Individualism?


This dissertation charts the changes throughout history in the balance between collectivism and individualism in United States federal government policy.  It is argued that collectivism has become more prominent to the detriment of individual liberty, especially since the twentieth century.  Particular attention is paid to the relationship between collectivist policies and an inflationary monetary system. The issue of military conscription is also examined. The dissertation concludes that the trend towards collectivism, though alarming and harmful, is neither sustainable nor inevitable.


Here is a link to my BA Politics dissertation, described above.  It is just over 13 000 words long and gives an overview of US history, economics and military conscription from a right-of-centre libertarian viewpoint.  I argue that since 1900, perhaps 1860, collectivism has indeed been growing to the detriment of individualism, but that this trend cannot continue indefinitely.

I'd be grateful if any members can read all or part of it and tell me what they think :) !


Jonathan M. F. Catalán said:

Admittedly, I haven't finished it (or even read most of it), yet, but I'm getting there.  I felt like it would be productive to just mention that at least I'm reading it to offer you some feedback. From what I've read insofar it's well written and fairly well sources (I am always a fan of very dense citations).

Again, I haven't read it all, but it reads a lot like a history lesson (not bad, mind you), but I think it would have gained with a little bit more on the nature of individualism.  That is, establish a greater connection between how economic freedom translates into social freedom.  Not necessarily less on economics, but not everyone sees the links between sound economics and complete liberty, and it's important to establish these so that the "layman" can understand the connection and be appealed to.

Just my $.02.  :)

# April 17, 2009 12:56 PM

Shed said:


Thanks for reading and your comment. Please do let me know if you think of anything else as you continue reading through :) .

You've made a good point and I'll it in mind in the next few days, which are my last chance to make any changes before handing it in.

# April 19, 2009 12:05 PM

Shed said:

Please be aware that I have just uploaded an updated version. The edits are quite minor, however.

If you read more and have further comments, I would be pleased to hear them :) .

# April 20, 2009 1:30 PM