The Good particular Men may do separately, in relieving the Sick, is small, compared with what they may do collectively, or by a joint Endeavor and Interest. Hence the Erecting of Hospitals or Infirmaries by Subscription, for the Reception, Entertainment, and Cure of the Sick Poor, has been found by Experience exceedingly beneficial, as they turn out annually great Numbers of Patients perfectly cured, who might otherwise have been lost to their Families, and to Society. Hence Infirmaries spread more and more in Europe, new Ones being continually erected in large Cities and populous Towns, where generally the most skilful Physicians and Surgeons inhabit.
Benjamin Franklin, Appeal for the Hospital, August 15, 1751
You could hardly want a more reasonable argument, but today just reading the word “collectively” would probably start a conservative foaming at the mouth.