It's boringly predictable, as well as interestingly shocking, how both of the stupid-ass philosophical extremes of individualism and collectivism come from the same material source: e.g., Marxism and Objectivism. The large-scale social engineering produced by those movements was designed expressly to make respect for single-human individualism and respect for all-human collectivism seem to be contradictory, when in fact, the greatest respect for both individualism and collectivism comes simultaneously. Neither through Marx nor Rand can a commune, or a heroic individual, thrive, or even survive. The contradictions involved in either stealing one person's work product for a collective, or stealing a lot of people's work products for an individual, are too ridiculous to be believed as philosophies, let alone competing ones...and yet, there they are. There they are, staring you in the face like Jeb and Hillary, as though we're supposed to believe that they're fierce enemies to the end, and not just a pair of marionettes drawing bribes from Goldman Sachs Disease.
What a cunning plan indeed, spanning centuries, to make people think that human individuals are pitted against human groups! What groundwork laid! What foresight possessed! How truly villainous; how dastardly to the highest degree! Think of the subtlety involved in publishing Marx and Engels across the entire world; think of the narrative support structure necessary to turn the words of that hideously sallow, peevish little faux-Russian into a movement for designated archenemy capitalism, inspirer of so many battles against OSHA and USSR. Think of the camps and the genocides, the overlapping bureaucracies, and the weapons sales and the central banks and the endless invasions and re-invasions of North Africa and South Asia. It's like chess with a billion lives, and they're good at it even when the chess pieces are themselves possessed of agency. Now, that is manipulation. That's skill.
Of course, the race realism that arises now, as massively wealth-transferred racial groups burn down western cities, has the same irony built into it: now, the foulest of racists are beginning to embrace the openly segregated state for expressly racial purposes. Ergo Israel has come full circle yet again, becoming not only the financial beneficiary of Civil Rights, but also of Anti Civil Rights! In 1965, liberal, anti-racist Americans pray for Israel to commit genocide against Arabs, and to steal money from American taxpayers, because it is the progressive, non-bigoted thing to, since Jews are oppressed underdog minorities. In 2015, conservative, openly-racist Americans pray for Israel to commit genocide against Arabs, and to steal money from American taxpayers, because it is the traditional, bigoted thing to do, since Jews are heroic high-achieving organizers.
Rotting bodies, people. Rotting bodies beneath a blanket of concrete dust.
Importing slaves, then fighting a war to free them; storming the Bastille, then fighting off the Emperor who foolishly invades Russia to storm other similar prisons...Christ, how many times are they going to use the "fails while attempting to invade Russia despite the obvious insanity of such a plan" angle? Future Emperors, will you please avoid falling into that one again? Oh, wait; that was your plan from the beginning. What's that they say, here? Oh yeah. *sigh*. That's it.
While we're here, there is/was nothing extremely new about Objectivism or Marxism. The ideas of "care for self" and "care for others" had always been there. What Rand and Marx did so well is to patent versions of those ideas based around selfish power, rather than decency and the meeting of human needs. They adapted philosophies, like so many homogeneously-Japanese manga copied into "innovative" Hollywood masterpieces; into crude, dismembered versions of themselves. "Everyone gets food and shelter" gets perverted into "Workers seize power," and "Individual privacy, labor, and reward is respected and protected by society" gets mangled into "Fuck all y'all."
Dig beneath the Jenomic fables you've embraced or rejected, and find your cultural inheritance in something that came before. Look for the good parts of Jesus in the Essene Gospel; look for the squeamish parts in a savage desert tribe of racist murderers; and then, claim your right to the hidden older story that better suits you, rather than the one that a collection of inbred Nazi scholars threw together for you. Find the representative choice of pleasure or pain in Zoroaster, rather than in Milton or Constantine. If you want economic justice and a lack of wealthy landlords and managers, don't look to a connected rentier who wanted to establish even bigger bureaucracies in order to prohibit private social arrangements. And lastly, it should go without saying, but if you want to reduce the death rate of Semitic strains, don't pay one variety of them to massacre another.