A guest post from JW:
Buried deep (page 240) in the book, Now, Discover Your Strengths, by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph.D., is the sentence, "Communism's demise was inevitable because it offered respect to the community but never the individual, and so it drained itself of vitality and spirit, one person at a time."
Wow! Think about that and its implications for a moment.
While the the focus on the community, rather than the individual, is only one of the reasons for Communism's demise it is an important and under-appreciated reason. Some people seem predisposed to focus on groups rather than individuals. And those who focus on groups seem to favor groups of different sizes, from the family, to the village, to the earth.
I belong to the small group of people who believe the individual is important -- much as the authors of our Bill Of Rights did. Further, I believe that the voluntary cooperation between individuals results better and more satisfying lives. That noble goals do not justify ignoble acts, such as coercion.
Consider Buckingham's and Clifton's insight the next time a politician presents their solution to the crisis of the day.