How I Embraced Individualism Over Collectivism

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After being let down, or left behind by various schools of political thought over the years, I made a conscious decision that began percolating at least 12 months ago to completely jettison all political ideology in favour of individualism.

Individualism doesn’t become watered down. Individualism doesn’t let you down with a lack of direction or conviction. Individualism doesn’t go lurching off toward crazy town. Individualism allows the luxury of personal improvement free of the constraints of crippling collectivist ideology. Obviously collectivism usually has socialist connotations, but in this context I’m referring to any collective political movement. Yes, even the Pastafarians…

Individualism allows you to step back and cast a critical eye toward not only the ideologies you’ve never been a fan of, but also those you subscribed to. An individualist approach also allows for more meaningful validation of the merits of certain political viewpoints, and just as importantly, more meaningful criticism of others.

Honestly, in 2017 I feel more alienated and detached from the entire political spectrum than I ever have been, and have decided to go it alone with the odd bit of commentary from the sidelines.

Many are going Alt-Left and Alt-Right, but the cynic in me feels that at least some if not more of the newcomers to both movements are ‘Alt-Fluid’. You have insufferable anarchists who went from sharing Pepe memes to donning Antifa masks, and reformed virtue signallers taking up Tiki torches in Charlottesville. Even the organiser of that particular rally is ex ‘Occupy Wall Street’.

The philosophical Renaissance led by people like Jordan Peterson has convinced at least a few of us that pointing out the folly of one ideology doesn’t necessarily necessitate going all in on another ideology, particularly when you have irreconcilable differences. If for example you see eye to eye with 90-95% of coalition policy, that’s great. Vote for them. But if you’re like me and sitting at only 70% at the most, that probably isn’t good enough to validate them.

Individualism doesn’t necessarily mean a summer of love libertarian approach. More a reluctance to hitch one’s wagon to a political ideology that may well veer off the trail or drag you straight off a cliff. It’s a liberating position to take. A free market position. Perhaps if more of us were to make it clear that we aren’t ideologically rusted on, and are shopping around for policy that reflects our own personal values, priorities, and sensibilities we’d see more relevant representation.

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Eh?nonymous was a thoroughly repellent unemployed social justice warrior until a one in a million glitch in his Facebook account affected the algorithms in his news feed, omitting posts from his much loved left leaning Huffington Post and I F---ing Love Science, and inexplicably replacing them with centrist and conservative newsfeed items that slowly dragged him kicking and screaming into the light beyond the safe space that Mr. Zuckerberg had so carefully constructed for him. It’s a long road to recovery, but every Mark Steyn share he sees in his newsfeed is like another day clean from social justice addiction.
  • I like the tenet of Individualism, but at heart I would love to become an Isolationist and just get entirely off the grid.
    Our current model of Society is a steaming pile of shit.

    Look at our political class and government of all flavours in Australia: it makes you want to commit hara-kiri, just to escape the bungling incompetence.
    Even if, as you said ” see eye to eye” with government policy, nine times out of 10 they go full reverse or just blatantly lie about what their “policy” really intended.
    More backflips than a Barnum & Bailey Circus gymnast.

    Every self serving, snout in the trough bastard in government and opposition is a brazen cucked liar and a cad, otherwise they would never had attained their position on the slimy political ladder in the first place.

    The only people greedy, gravy train politicians are looking out for is themselves: fuck their constituents.
    I don’t think we will ever see valid representation in our Parliament. There are too many rusted on, blind sheep in the electorate, who continue to vote in the succubus vampires we call MP’s.

    Look at the dreadful state the world is in at the moment.
    Who got us here ?

    Politicians. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0fb502c96b7d7d1ea8eb40037ddac2ea35ceb5cbb61fa40df091e39120013e25.jpg

  • entropy

    I used to identify as a Pastafarian, until they started accepting those filthy Gnocchims.

    • Good.
      Just don’t convert to Rastafarian or eat Gnocchi without finely grated genuine parmigianno reggiano.

      • entropy

        The only thing I’m transitioning to is an attack helicopter, so I can finely grate social justice warriors.

  • Bikinis not Burkas

    What’s that you became a Buddhist monk?

  • Sadsak

    Justin Bar fly your cartoon reminded me of the anonymous poem

    One night in October
    When I was far from sober
    Returning with a load of manly pride
    My feet began to stutter
    So I lay down in the gutter
    And a pig drew near and lay down by my side
    A lady passing by was heard to say
    ‘you can tell a man that boozes
    by the company that he chooses’
    And the pig got up and slowly walked away