Tyranny thrives by feeding on human necessity. It examines what sustains us, what we hope for, what we desire and what we love, and it uses those needs as leverage against us. “Community vs. Collectivism“ by Brandon Smith.
Autocratic rulers are first and foremost salesmen; they convince us that life itself has a cost, that we are born indebted and that all bills must be made payable to the establishment. We are sold on the idea that in all of this, we are ultimately alone. It is within these manipulated concepts of cost and isolation that we discover the foundation of all totalitarian cultures – collectivism.
Collectivism is a psychological prison derived from a beneficial instinct as old as humanity itself — to share experiences and knowledge, to build and create together. It is an instinct as essential to our survival as breathing. Collectivism uses this instinct as a weapon. It is a corrupted and poisoned harnessing of our intuitive nature. It is an inadequate and cancerous substitute for something that normally invigorates and supports healthy culture.
In order for the state to elevate itself in importance above the individual, it must first promote the idea that the individual does not exist, that you are only a by-product of your environment. Junk science and establishment psychological theorists often treat the human mind as a mere bundle of chemicals and synapses.
Existentialism attacks individualism from the philosophical end, suggesting that all actions and reactions are random results of a purely chaotic universe, while at the same time peddling moral relativism and apathy. Religious organizations that chose to abuse their positions of trust also feed collectivism by standing in the way of personal awareness or making it taboo to value the individual over the collective. Each of these tactics is a tool in the arsenal of collectivists meant to degrade our social admiration for individual thought.
Tyrants and elitists only serve their own interests. Instead of trying to encourage cooperation among the masses, they centralize various systems by coercion. If you can’t convince the public to abandon their own paths for their interests, they forcefully remove all paths until the people only have one choice left. Economic centralization is central to their plan. A large portion of our population have been convinced that here is only one way to participate in the economy and thus they act collectively and blindly follow the tyrant.
Another example is the false left/right political system. While there are as many political views as there are people, yet most people tend to affiliate themselves with one of two – Republican or Democrat, allowing the establishment to narrow your choices. Add the fact that both of these political parties actually support nearly the same exact policies and goals and you have narrowed your choice to one. Millions jump on this one bandwagon every four years, thinking that they are cooperating voluntarily, when they have instead been collectivized.
Fear and survival are powerful motivators. Without self-awareness and strength of character, these basic instincts can overwhelm rationality and conscience. Every collectivist feudalist system ever devised has used a “common enemy” or an iron hand to quell dissent in the citizenry and to forcefully unify them, not under the auspices of an honest cause, but a terror so profound as to drive them to malleable despair. Collectivist systems are always clashing with the bubbling tides of individual freedom. Because of this they must continuously qualify their usefulness. There must always be an imminent threat over the horizon, otherwise, the strangling regulations of the government serve no purpose.
An inevitable condition of collectivism is the demonization of free thought. In a collective, everyone becomes a cog in the great machine. Any person who chooses to step outside of the box and point out a different view becomes a danger to the whole. A machine cannot function if all the parts are not working in harmony therefore, disagreement is not considered a civic duty; it is considered a crime that places everyone else at risk. As a dissenter, you are not a person but a malfunction that must be dealt with. Placing the needs of individuals over the needs of the government is now “selfishness”.
Tyrants promise a “sustainable’ future for the whole if only people would set aside their individual freedom allowing society to become stronger and more productive, like worker bees who strive for only one thing – the perfect life.
Collectivism is designed to destroy the community. In a community goals are not fixed but evolve as the community progresses. The beneficiaries are the citizenry, even those who do not directly participate, rather than a select minority of elites. Communities work best when purpose and destiny are self-determined.
There is no need to force people to participate in a system that operates on honesty, conscience and individual freedoms. When people apply their energies to something they believe in, instead of something they are manipulated into following, the results can be spectacular. Progress becomes second nature, an afterthought instead of an unhealthy obsession.
The purpose of a true community is not to keep tabs on the personal lives of its participants, nor to mold their notions. The rights of the individual are respected above all else. The more varied the insights of a population, the strong it becomes. There is strength in numbers, but even greater strength in variety, individualism takes effort, time and dedication.
A wise man adopts what works and discards what fails. He educates himself through experience. Adaptability, flexibility and agility in thought and in policy create solid ground for a society to build. Collectivist systems cannot function unless the people conform to the establishment and its deficiencies, but Communities function best when the establishment conforms to the people and to the truth.
Collectivist systems are notorious for promoting the idea that “we are all one.” However, they usually end up becoming the most anti-social and uncaring cultures to grace the planet. You cannot centralize or enforce charity because then it is no longer charity, but slavery.
Communities seek to help each other – not because they expect immediate returns or because it’s “good for the state” but because they value an atmosphere of benevolence. The generosity of community helps individuals detach from dependence on government or bureaucracy. The less dependence on centralized authority, the stronger and safer everyone becomes. No one is expendable in a community. Everyone is expendable in a collective.
It is never too late to change direction even when the trappings of collectivism sometimes seem insurmountable. Change starts with self-sufficiency and solid principles. It starts with unabashed and unwavering pride in the values of sovereignty and liberty. It starts with a relentless pursuit of balance and truth. It starts with an incredible amount of hard work. If there ever was a perfect moment in time to begin this battle, the time is now.
“If history teaches us anything, it teaches self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly.” Ronald Reagan