Individualism can be used to defend the worst forms of collectivism. A self-proclaimed individualist can join any totalitarian movement or cult and claim that he is exercising his “rational” and “independent” judgement. Individualists becoming the followers of a collective in the name of individualism is the irony of all ironies. The individualistic philosophies have been developed by mediocre philosophers—there is no merit in them, but their followers accept their teachings as fundamental truths which have no need for re-examination. A typical movement of individualists exercises more control over its members than the movements accused of being collectivist.