Stephan Pastis' "Pearls Before Swine" cartoon from yesterday. Click the image to be taken to a larger view at the comic's Web page.
It's funny, but it illustrates the eternal conundrum. There are those who insist on a "collective" approach to life: one subordinates one's individuality to the needs of the group. Others insist on an "individualist" approach: one's personal rights and freedoms trump the needs and priorities of the group, no matter what. The truth, of course, is somewhere in the middle. A community made up of full-on individualists probably can't survive, but one made up of hard-line collectivists leaves no room for personal freedom and interests.
From that perspective, I think Rat makes a very good point. Look at San Francisco, Portland, Seattle . . . all cities where deranged individuals have been allowed to run rampant, enforced by a collectivist local and state government driven by individualist socialist extremists. Talk about a contradiction in terms! Everyone who lives in those cities is paying the price for it.