gudskepteacal wrote:Communitarianism is the belief that individual and national sovereignty must be balanced against the needs of the global collective.
Communitarianism. Or, Communism for short.
I think your post touched on the key difference between Tea Party Conservatives and Progressive Liberals and Republicans. And that is, individual liberty vs. the needs and wants of the entire community. Free Market Capitalism and small government, vs. Communism, Statism, Marxism (big centralized government).
The problem with Free Market Capitalism is, there is a large group of people who don't have the motivation to do anymore than just enough to get by, and they will not fare as well as those with determination and desire to obtain wealth. However the problem with Statism/Marxism/Communism is even worse. With those systems, there is a huge centralized government that has all the power, and corruption and Imperialism are inevitable; not to mention that with the inherent wealth-redistribution, any desire to work hard and make a better life is taken away. If you base a society on the concept that the freeloaders are rewarded through entitlements and have a comparable life to anyone else, then the whole nation loses any incentive to be productive. Eventually the system collapses when the government runs out of money. (Greece)