Re: The Righteous Mind: Plato's Error
That might be true about the greater chance of a sub-group being discriminated against in a collectivist society. When people aren't so closely tied to one another, on the other hand, there would seem to be less means to enforce any kind of oppression against a sub-group, and there might be less of this feeling in the first place. I'm thinking now of slavery in the U.S., which of course has been individualistic, but back in the day we can assume it was more collective in nature. That individualism would tend to produce greater liberty for all people in a culture could be another benefit of an individualistic culture. 'Balancing act' does seem to be about the right way to put the tension between freedom and cohesion.