As we stand one week out from the side-show of collective damnation which the Left engaged in over the Tucson shootings, it shouldn’t surprise all Americans that this is what they have witnessed. The Progressive Left and, by default, the Progressive Right–the collectivists in both parties–operate off of the assumption that we are all responsible for each other collectively. You will take notice there was not much condemnation from establishment “machine” Republicans against those falsely accused: Beck, Palin, the Tea Party. Many in America have been bemoaning the fact that, for a long time, we have had no real choice in our political leaders. Really…what choice was their between McCain and Obama; tyranny light and tyranny? Many have speculated, including Glenn Beck, that had John McCain been elected, America would not have had the awakening it did in the form of the Tea Party movement. Individual Americans, the public, outwardly reject the Left’s collectivism every time it is imposed upon us. We swing back to the Right expecting that the Right will do something about the bloated government and instead all we receive in return is simple manipulation of the mechanisms the Left has already put in place. Why? Because Progressives in both parties operate off the same false premise of collective salvation rather than individual liberty. Barack Obama was elected on a wave of “collective salvation.” In fact, I would argue he was also elected on a wave of collective guilt hung around our necks by the accusatory Left, who, for generations have convinced Americans they are racist. “Oh goody! I get to alleviate my (supposed) racial guilt for voting for the black guy! No matter what kinds of realistic evaluations tell me that he’s an Alinskyite Marxist!” How could we possible expect the Right to shrink government when they hold the same basic premise as the Left–that it is government’s job to take care of people rather than protect rights. Until the Right learns how to challenge the philosophical premises of the Left–they will continue, by default, to accept them. The Left counts on this and plays the game by beating the Right over the head and shoulders with such words as:
You don’t want to help the poor, the sick and the infirm. You’re hateful!
If the Right woke up and learned, philosophically, how to answer those charges on a conceptual basis, they could deflect charges like that as easily as Superman deflects bullets. But, oftentimes they don’t–either because they are part of the game or simply because they are intellectually incapable of doing so.
I remember learning in high school about the “sphere of liberty” which surrounds each individual person. Our nation was founded on the sovereignty and freedom of the individual precisely because it was collective ideas down through history which inevitably bring tyranny–aside from the “good intentions” of the collectivists. All collectivists have good intentions, however, all collectivism is incontrovertibly tyrannical; whether it is a hard tyranny or soft tyranny makes little difference. Ayn Rand states and Objectivists hold:
Your intentions don’t count. If you are willing to believe that men should be deprived of all rights for a good cause — you are a Totalitarian…What is destroying all civilization? Just this one idea — that to a good cause everything can be sacrificed; that individual men have no rights which must be respected; that what one person believes to be good can be put over on the others by force.
Altruism is incompatible with individual freedom. Unfortunately, these ideas of individual freedom were implicit rather than explicit in this nation’s founding documents and were left open to too much interpretation and false compromise. This is why collectivists of all stripes have been able to corrupt the system. You can’t continue to compromise with tyranny and expect to remain free.
To the Left, it is completely “rational” to accuse everyone who recognizes individual freedom as the standard for determining collective guilt for the shooting in Tuscon, Arizona. Anyone who stands in the way of their imagined Utopia is precisely why everyone who values individual freedom is guilty. Conversely, it is epistemologically sound to recognize that people are individuals, not cattle. Even aside from being able to defend that view on a philosophical basis–which takes time and study–most people can recognize that it is inherently true simply by observation. You are not completely free when living under your parents roof–under their rules and their terms. The same thing happens when everyone is “taken care of” by government–government’s rules, government’s terms to exist. You are not completely free to do as you please in whatever work environment you inhabit–you are subject to the conditions of your boss–even though contractually, at the time of hire, you may have come to certain mutual understandings, it is still their business. Ultimately, the success or failure of that business is up to them, therefore, the boss and the boss alone is free to make the decisions he deems are in the best interests of the company. We all have different talents, drives, desires and goals. None of this can flourish when put under the yoke of collectivism. No man of dignity and true self-esteem should be willing to allow himself to be enslaved by his government for supposed “security.” Benjamin Franklin stated:
Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
Indeed, it is the ability for individual freedom to flourish which, I would argue, is the true representation of the “Utopia” the Left seeks to impose upon everyone through the force of law. Imposing Utopia under the force of law is, in and of itself, a contradiction–if something is imposed under the force of law–it cannot, therefore, be considered “Utopia”–at least not to the particular group of people who is being sacrificed to make the other group of people “comfortable.” Ultimately, someone has to sacrifice so someone else can live–that is the ultimate degradation. It is the idea of exchanging, voluntarily, value for value, not sacrifice for value, which can uphold the true free-society unburdened by compulsion. It is for this reason, that pure laissez-faire capitalism is the only political system which upholds individual rights. Anyone who upholds any other system or “mix” of systems–is not upholding the tenets of individual rights and freedom. There can be no compromise on basic principles.
This display of desperate malignancy by the Left has certainly given Americans a glimpse of what people turn into when they are consigned to collective societies. They become animals. Since everyone is collectively responsible, everyone is collectively guilty. Therefore, you get growing numbers of pressure groups willing to feed off of and fight each other for the scraps which the benevolent collectivists get to hand out. Why? So the collectivists can satiate their need to cry their benevolence to whatever secular or theological powers they feel commands them–whether it is their emotions or their God. In some cases, it really is simply a lust for political power one man seeks to hold over his brethren. It breeds a society of contempt, jealousy, and malignancy–exactly the opposite of what the Left and Progressive Right’s stated intentions are. The principle I am outlining here is the Marxist creed of “from each according to his ability to each according to his need.” Ayn Rand addressed this hopelessly illogical and contradictory creed in Atlas Shrugged in her “story within a story” about The Twentieth Century Motor company. You can find an excerpt at my Facebook page here.
Love of our brothers? That’s when we learned to hate our brothers for the first time in our lives. We began to hate them for every meal they swallowed, for every small pleasure they enjoyed, for one man’s new shirt, for another’s wife’s hat, for an outing with their family, for a paint job, on their house–it was taken from us, it was paid for by our privations, our denials, our hunger. We began to spy on one another, each hoping to catch the others lying about their needs, so as to cut their ‘allowance’ at the next meeting. We began to have stool pigeons who informed on people, who reported that somebody had bootlegged a turkey to his family on some Sunday–which he’d paid for by gambling, most likely. We began to meddle in one another’s lives. We provoked family quarrels, to get somebody’s relatives thrown out. Any time we saw a man starting to go steady with a girl, we made life miserable for him. We broke up many engagements. We didn’t want anyone to marry, we didn’t want any more dependents to feed.
The collectivist’s damnation of everyone who seeks to uphold individual freedom is also a mockery of justice. If everyone is collectively responsible–and everyone is collectively guilty–then there are no such things as “criminals.” Why have a legal system? It’s amazing, isn’t it, how all these things when presented come together to form a coherent whole? It’s not so mysterious anymore why the Left always seeks to uphold criminality and a depraved society void of all human virtue. In fact, why even attempt to uphold the ideal of a government subordinated by society to moral, objective law? Let, anarchy and tyranny (two sides of the same collectivist coin) commence!
You scream loudly to me that you are not collectively guilty of the shooting in Tuscon, America? Well, then–I think it’s about time we get to kicking some serious collectivist ass, in both parties. Don’t you? If not, you better get used to liking and living with your collective guilt–because that is the damnation that awaits all of us if we don’t.