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Collectivism - Nature, History and Forms of Collectivism
(957 words)

Part of Collectivism:

1. Masses and Crowds

2. Nature, History and Forms of Collectivism

1. Nature. Collectivism is the attitude, more or less consciously adopted and practised, that man is merely a collective being. By “collective” is meant the form of social organization in which the individual is robbed of his personal independence and dignity and reduced to a mere functional organ of the community. The importance of social bonds is so exaggerated that the individual no longer seems to have any importance in…

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Heinrich Beck, “Collectivism - Nature, History and Forms of Collectivism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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