Individualism is not opposed to a man living in society, so long as he is free from the initiation of force by others. Individualism is not opposed to one living in society as a trader; it is opposed to one living as a slave. Individualism holds that it is much better for a man to live on a deserted island than to live in a society where he is nothing more than a pawn ready to be sacrificed to the altar of the “public good.”