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Vitalik Buterin @VitalikButerin
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So the "individualism vs collectivism" dichotomy sometimes puzzles me. I often see the two words used in two senses:

1. Individualism = individual freedom, collectivism = mutual restraint
2. Individualism = caring only about yourself, collectivism = caring about common good...
In the first sense of the two words, it seems obvious that individualism is (generally) superior. In the second sense of the two words, it seems obvious that collectivism is superior.
Am I missing something? Is there something inconsistent about believing that people should be free, but also valuing the common good, and hoping that people try to use their freedom for the common good at least sometimes?
Also, how would you describe someone who altruistically and self-sacrifically acts in ways specifically intended to increase other people's individual freedom? Individualist or collectivist? Or just a good guy?
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