PM5604: Against individual responsibility

Individual responsibility means that each person has the primary responsibility for their own actions and behaviour, and the success or failure of their own life. It does not exclude receiving help or charity from others, but it excludes relying on help or charity when not truly necessary. It means not blaming others — or society as a whole — for one's own failings or mistakes.

Conservatives prefer to highlight individual responsibility; liberals by contrast put the emphasis on the responsibilities of society (which they see as being carried out by the state).

Maratreanism rejects as hypocritical the conservative obsession with individual responsibility. Yes, the individual is responsible, but society and the government are responsible too. Since society's responsibility is also the responsibility of every individual in that society, by denying society's responsibility, proponents of individual responsibility are actually denying their own individual responsibility, even as they harp on about that of others.

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