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Liberalism and collectivism are not the same thing. You are talking about communism/socialism, which are economic ideologies. Traditional Liberalism is a social doctrine based on Locke's contract theory, and Liberalists such as Gauthier have used game theory to show that tit-for-tat strategy results in optimal arrangements. America was founded on these very ideas of liberal theory, which gave us much greater individual freedom than Europeans who were at the mercy of the King and the Church. The actual academic theory of liberalism is much different than what people today who call themselves liberals practice. Traditional liberal theory is far closer to what you today would call libertarian than 'liberal'