First of all, when I say that I am an Individualist that means that I believe each individual must have the right and the responsibility to live their own life, make their own choices, and have their own thoughts. I believe in the John Locke ideas of natural law and individual liberties. Simply put, it means that each of us have the right to life, liberty, and property, but my right ends when I deprive others of that same right. In today’s world that would mean for instance that my right to life ends when I deprive an unborn child of their right to life, my right to free speech and thought ends when I deprive that right to others, and my right to property ends when I infringe on your right to your property.
In a collectivist society, everything for which I stand as an individualist is negated. The collectivist believes that we as individual persons are simply a clog in a greater machine and our purpose is to contribute to what the collectivist would call the “greater good.” If it is for the “greater good” that I kill my unborn child, than I must. If it is for the “greater good” that I think only as I am told, than I must. If it is for the “greater good” that I own nothing that I can call my own, but all is shared as I am directed, than I must own nothing.
America was founded on the principle of individualism. We are the first country that was founded on that principle. We are unique because America meant that our individual liberties such as life, liberty, and property, came for our Creator and not from government. We were also founded as a Republic and not a Democracy. That means that the powers of our government were specifically limited, and the liberties of the people were unlimited but subject to the rules of “natural law”.
Now for the random thoughts. Dictators arise because of the propensity of people to need a hero they place on a pedestal. It is the true stateman that understands this weakness in people and refutes this dangerous adoration. We saw this with George Washington. What a statesman. He could have declared himself King, Emperor, or Czar. Any meaningful opposition would have been that his monarchy could not be hereditary. Washington took the position that America was not his, but it was a nation where the people must be the sovereign and the government must be the servant. Washington chose to serve as a servant and not a sovereign.
We hear comments from both the right and the left that this is Trump’s America. Those on the right applaud and those on the left sneer. Trump has stated many times that America is not his, but his purpose is to return America to the people. This is what the right applauds, and this is what the left fears.
We are given reports on Trump’s endorsements in the primaries. It is my belief that, like the media always does, the meaning of these endorsements is exaggerated. I am sure in a few races and in limited circumstances they have been the direct difference, but Laxalt would have won the race in Nevada without endorsements from anybody. The real news should be, is the candidate a dedicated individualist or a dedicated collectivist.
The news always wants to take one isolated race and declare that it is a harbinger of the future. In most situations, the outcome of any individual race can only be measured as an isolated incident in a specific time and at a specific place. However, the Mayra Flores victory is telling. The seat was vacated by a Democrat. I assume because the Biden regime and Pelosi believed it to be very safe for the collectivists. It had been since 1872 and is heavily populated by what Biden and Pelosi considered strong supporters. Flores, an individualist won the race and will now be in the house. This could be a harbinger. We who are individualists must understand however, that the collectivists will and have done anything to keep power including stealing the 2020 election. This has to be a warning to them that they must up their game in stealing elections.
I hear people constantly say they only get their news from certain outlets. How foolish. If you do that you are missing some news. Also, you are receiving the news from a slanted perspective, yes from your perspective, but anybody who is searching for knowledge, must search from all perspectives. By getting different perspectives, you learn if your perspective is correct and if so, it strengthens your beliefs.
The collectivist movement believes in total conformity to the beliefs of the elites, and total equality for the masses. It has been the strategy of the collectivist to employ indoctrination and propaganda, and then use intimidation to enforce their ideology. For equality of the masses, the collectivists have argued that the producers, those who accomplish, the innovators, and the ambitious are dangerous to collectivism. They have stated that this group, or the rich, must pay their “fair share” in taxes so the collectivist elites can spread it to the others. Biden has recently claimed that the cause of inflation is that “the rich are not paying their fair share”. When asked what a fair share is, we receive the standard answer that they do not have a specific amount but what the rich are now paying is not a fair share.
The collectivist movement did define “fair share”. They want us to forget that definition. I can not nor will I. Franklin Roosevelt defined “fair share’ in April of 1942 when he asked congress to pass a law to make the rich pay their “fair share”. FDR said that “fair share” would be 100% of all taxable income over $25,000. That would be about $450,000 today. The collectivist mind set would ask why anybody but them needs more than $450,000. That they say, would be a “fair share” for all but the collectivist elite, who should not be taxed at all because of the great contribution they are making to the “greater good”.
I am an individualist. I read and have read many books advocating for collectivism. I have read much about the results of collectivism. I have read much history. I have read a few novels like “Atlas Shrugged” and “War and Peace”. Tolstoy was a remarkable author. The more I read, the more convinced I am that individualism brings freedom and prosperity, and collectivism brings conformity and poverty for the masses. Individualism requires a moral society organized as a republic, and collectivism requires a democracy, which is as Lenin said, “indispensable to socialism, which is the gateway to communism”.
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