[devils advocate] State provision and strict regulation *enable* basic freedoms for those with less power/money: The freedom to leave your abusive partner who forced you out of work because you know you'll able to survive ok until you find a new job. The freedom of a better chance of a long, healthy life without risk of crippling medical debt, no matter your wealth. The freedom to take a risk on starting a new business because failure won't result in homelessness. The freedom to not have to work 15 hour days on pain of being fired. The freedom to get a job knowing that basic health and safety precautions are enforced. etc. etc. [/devils advocate] I see the ideas behind what you're saying, it's better than the usual: personalFreedom = totalFreedom - stateControl; bullshit that the dumbest of neo-liberal brigade trot out all the time. And the anarchists too. What you said in this post isn't Randian, but I still maintain the previous rejection of the notion of "common good" is. Freedom is for the common good, as is the rule of law. However, you were referring specifically to collectivist economics so I won't press the point.