I've been reading a little about Existentialism lately and it has most definitely piqued my interest. Coming from a background where both "nurture" and "nature" have me statistically set on a bad path, I am inspired by the ideas of self-reliance of which Existentialists speak. What I don't fully understand, however, is how so many Existentialists (such as Sartre and Camus) seem to be avid supporters of communism or socialism. It seems contradictory, or at least paradoxical, that a philosophy based on the principle that you "are the sum total of the choices you make" would prescribe to socialist ideals. Is there some main idea that I am missing?
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