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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/14049/the-chimera-of-the-group-mind/

The Chimera of the Group Mind

September 29, 2010 by

In their eagerness to eliminate from history any reference to individuals and individual events, collectivist authors resorted to a chimerical construction, the group mind or social mind. FULL ARTICLE by Ludwig von Mises


Ben Ranson September 29, 2010 at 11:09 am

This essay is excellent criticism of the beliefs of a certain group of anti-IP libertarians about new ideas and where they come from.

Allen Weingarten September 30, 2010 at 12:41 am

“Only individuals think and act.”

It is clear that only individuals think, but what prevents a mob from acting?

Vanmind October 6, 2010 at 10:02 am

The same thing that keeps one from thinking that the individual members of a mob are all thinking the exact same thing. Are two people walking down the sidewalk in the same direction, perhaps a block or two away from one another but headed for the same store, engaged in either group think or group action?

Predrag September 30, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Allen, I think Mises would say that each individual within that group (mob) acts but the actions of most individuals involve a specific kind of inter-individual relationships (and a specific way of thinking). Different kinds of inter-individual relationships produce different outcomes.

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