An interesting column from Andrew Hamilton in Eureka Street exploring the cultural phenomenon in contemporay society between the push for individual freedom and, for Hamilton at least, a complementary tyranny from the State. The article certainly prompts some thought.
“Whatever the relevance of this potted history, it is certain that if we regard unrestrained individual choice as the fullest expression of human development, we shall necessarily relativise and erode social bonds. When we focus on the choices that will create our unique self, and if we regard the associations that we form simply as means to implement our own choices, we shall inevitably lack ways in which to reconcile the inevitable conflict between our choices and those of others. This lack will become more acute if we then define the goal of choice as to amass wealth, status and comfort gained in competition with other individuals, and so measure our place is society by our economic contribution.”