Atomic Communitarianism: The Control Freak’s Biggest Nightmare


Individualism is constantly misunderstood, which is a big reason I started this blog. To value the individual, we are told, is to disdain community.

LearnLiberty recently released a video to dispel this myth, and this week at Common Sense Concept, I provide some additional commentary. The thesis: Properly understood individualism is what makes community possible.

Watch the video here: (my comments here)



After building on Dr. Skoble’s critique of communitarianism, I examine some popular concerns over “atomic individualism,” setting forth what I believe to be the real issue: “Real individualism results in atomic communities, not isolated hermitdom, and this is what the control freaks are worried about.”

The argument ties into several points I’ve been harping at recently (here, here, and here), but the most recent connection would be with Jim-Wallis’ “Circle of Protection” confusion.

Given that many Christians seem lost on the nasty implications of communitarianism, I thought it might be a good time to connect the dots:

For the admirers of utopian scheming, the big impressive tower will never be constructed if the project is left to free individuals pursuing their petty mutual ends. Heaven on earth will never be achieved if left to a scattered landscape of diverse, uncontrolled communities, organically collaborating to make the world a better place (“yeah right!”). The Big Sky God of Material Equality will never be properly worshipped if we refuse to lay our children on the altar of urgency.

More recently, this view has displayed itself in support of Jim Wallis’ Circle of Protection, leading politicians, pressure groups and religious leaders to toss about “shared sacrifice” as an excuse to dictate and determine the actions of others. For these know-it-all prophets of goodwill, “sharing” and “sacrifice” are inherently linked to a deterministic view of human potential — the kind that only leads to a one-dimensional “community” machine. For them, helping the poor is not about responding to an individual calling or a heartfelt inward witness. It’s about syncing our motherboards to the Mother Brain and beep-beeping our way to a “just” society. We mustn’t start partnering in our actual missions, because the only legitimate vision is that of the anointed.

atomsSo what about the truly anointed? Here’s the takeaway:

People matter, so let’s stop pretending we’re pre-programmed robots and start connecting our spirits to the source that will set us free.

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  • http://twitter.com/remnantculture/status/100988293616906241 Remnant Culture

    I weigh in on a video from LearnLiberty, explaining why individualism is essential for community (and where Jim… http://fb.me/JmRBdrEe

  • http://twitter.com/commonconcept/status/100988621066211328 Common Sense Concept

    I weigh in on a video from LearnLiberty, explaining why individualism is essential for community (and where Jim… http://fb.me/JmRBdrEe

  • http://twitter.com/remnantculture/status/100989235892453376 Remnant Culture

    Atomic Communitarianism: The Control Freak’s Biggest Nightmare. I'm looking at you, @jimwallis: http://t.co/x1FlAAX @LearnLiberty #CASE

  • http://twitter.com/josephsunde/status/101031454510825472 Joseph Sunde

    The Big Sky God of Material Equality will never be worshipped if we refuse to lay our children on the altar of urgency. http://t.co/oCwWGVI

  • http://twitter.com/remnantculture/status/101317741457326080 Remnant Culture

    For communitarians, building heaven on earth is about connecting our mother boards to the Mother Brain. Beep-beep! http://t.co/x1FlAAX

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