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Via Arnold Kling, this is precisely right:

Community and collectivism are opposites. Community is valuable and powerful; it is individuals freely choosing to cooperate and identify with each other to achieve more than they can individually, as we do in the open-source community.

Collectivism is a fraud. It pretends to be about community, but it is actually about the use of force. Collectivists want us not only to bow to their desire for power over others, but to thank them for coercing us and praise them as our moral superiors.

One Response to “Collectivism vs. Community”

  1. Don says:

    Uh, those are Eric Raymond’s words, not Mr. Klings (although he agreed with them).

    http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=3764

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