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Individualism cannot really be about the interests of the individual. Properly speaking, there is no such thing as individualism and there is no such thing as an individual. Neoliberal doctrines emerged as a further transformation of liberal individualism, but in all cases the key principles and ideas were rooted in the advocacy of minority control over resources vital for wealth creation. This chapter provides an overview of the book, which explains that though individualism initially emerged as the foe of privilege, it was quickly employed in the ideological defense of the set of privileges that emerged with the growth of moveable capital, which grew in importance with the new techniques of production made possible by modern science.

Keywords: individualism; neoliberal doctrine



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