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This introductory chapter of the book provides how the subsequent chapters are organized in the book. The capitalist system has been defended according to a set of assumptions, principles and theories based on the perceived interests of the individual. This focus on the individual is bound up with the development of capitalist social relations in a complex yet distinct way. The individual was given primacy as the capitalist system struggled against the restrictions of the pre-capitalist feudal order. The ideology of the individual is best understood when examined against its historical social function.

Keywords: capitalist system; ideology; individual

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