A reversion towards radical individualism is nothing but a regression to barbarism. As Rosa Luxembourg wrote, the stark choice is ours: socialism or barbarism.
As this article makes clear, as human civilization grew, humans grew increasingly altruistic, and altruism may even have been selected for as a trait. The article theorizes that humans did not become altruistic because it was the right thing to do or because it necessarily felt good but because they had to become altruistic in order to survive. So altruism, which is socialism itself in a sense, is apparently necessary for human survival and especially for the survival of human civilization.
Without it, we degenerate into fascism, Nazism or other genocidal and brutal mindsets. A bunch of droogies running about in the Land of the Lord of the Flies.
It’s important to note that capitalism is opposed to the very notion of altruism itself, which it considers to be fatal to the system. Capitalism promotes extreme individualism known as radical individualism and the result of mass atomization. Every man for himself, the dog eat dog world of capitalism.
While a certain amount of this is necessary for the functioning of a market in the first place, too much of it is fatal to society and possibly to individuals themselves.
Societies with unrestricted capitalism tend to be 3rd World societies with lower life spans. Research now links increased inequality to increased stress and death rates and declining physical health. Nearly all advanced and wealthy societies are socialist in one way or another (typically social democracies).
Social democracy is associated with increased lifespan, decreased stress and less physical illness. In Europe, there is an inverse relationship in which the more socialism there is in a society, the less crime there is. This is even true in a continent where most states are socialist to one degree or another.
What’s the alternative? The law of the jungle. Social Darwinism, which is championed by capitalists and especially Libertarians (Libertarians are nothing but pure capitalist shorn of any soft window dressing dressing fakery) is itself the law of the jungle, so we can argue that the law of the jungle is something that capitalists themselves have always encouraged even if they are wont to admit so.
The article points out that among the apes, only humans seemed to have evolved collectivist, cooperative or altruistic behavior. The piece then goes on to posit why this may have happened.
As a commenter on the piece points out:
Wild apes pretty much live in a free market Libertarian paradise in which the strong dominate the weak.
Hence apes continue to live in the Libertarian paradise known as the wild jungle.
Meanwhile humans evolved governance and the cooperation that results from standards and laws.
The ascent of man over the Libertarian apes has been the natural result.
The truth is that in a Libertarian world, humans will frankly revert to throwbacks, gorillas in the mist romping amid the ruins of society and civilization itself. There’s no other way for Libertarianism to play out, it an be nothing other than a reversion.
You want Libertarianism? I give you India. 600 million shitting on the ground, turds everywhere you step, rivers filled with shit and bathing humans, half the population starving, millions of dying of starvation and disease every year, dead bodies floating in rivers while mangy dogs feast on corpses by the riverside. Welcome the Libertarian Paradise on the Ganges, but watch out for the turds.