Libertarianism… The error at the heart of all libertarian thought is that the individual is the smallest and primary unit of society.  The libertarian consistently frames social and moral imperatives in terms of individual needs and desires and freedoms.  He posits that society is the sum total of individuals pursuing self-interest.
This is not true.  The smallest unit of society is the relationship between two individuals.  One, two, or a thousand individuals do not comprise a society until there are relationships connecting them to each other--agreements, customs, laws, values.  The connecting relationship, not the individual, is the atom of human society.  It is impossible to have a society of one man.


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