The United States is a unique nation. Our founders set about to form this new country on the basis of individualism. The Declaration of Independence states, “all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, amongst them are the right to life, to liberty, and to the pursuit of happiness.” Many in the United States disagree with this basic founding principle, that principle of individualism.
The fundamental political conflict in America today is, as it has been for a century, individualism vs. collectivism. Does the individual’s life belong to him—or does it belong to the group, the community, society, or the state? With government expanding ever more rapidly—seizing and spending more and more of our money on “entitlement” programs and corporate bailouts, and intruding on our businesses and lives in increasingly onerous ways—the need for clarity on this issue has never been greater. Let us begin by defining the terms at hand.
Individualism is the idea that the individual’s life belongs to him and that he has an inalienable right to live it as he sees fit, to act on his own judgment, to keep and use the product of his effort, and to pursue the values of his choosing. It’s the idea that the individual is sovereign, an end in himself, and the fundamental unit of moral concern. This is the ideal that the American Founders set forth and sought to establish when they drafted the Declaration and the Constitution and created a country in which the individual’s rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness were to be recognized and protected.
Collectivism is the idea that the individual’s life belongs not to him but to the group or society of which he is merely a part, that he has no rights, and that he must sacrifice his values and goals for the group’s “greater good.” According to collectivism, the group or society is the basic unit of moral concern, and the individual is of value only insofar as he serves the group. As one advocate of this idea puts it: “Man has no rights except those which society permits him to enjoy. From the day of his birth until the day of his death society allows him to enjoy certain so-called rights and deprives him of others; not . . . because society desires especially to favor or oppress the individual, but because its own preservation, welfare, and happiness are the prime considerations.”
Those who are commonly referred to as “being on the right” would be designated as individualists. Those commonly referred to as “being on the left” would be designated as collectivists. Collectivism is also properly thought of as the ideologies known as Marxism, communism, socialism, and progressive. This movement has captured the heart and soul of the Democrat party. Vladimir Lenin was also a collectivist. He determined the necessary steps to “seize control of a society”. These are those steps.
Lenin’s Decalogue “Manual to Seize Control of a Society”.
1. Corrupt the youth and give them absolute sexual freedom.
2. Infiltrate and take control of the mass communication media.
3. Divide the population into antagonist groups; encourage arguments between them over social issues.
4. Destroy the people’s confidence in their leaders.
5. Talk all the time bout democracy and republic, but when the opportunity arises, seize power as a dictator.
6. Cooperate with the drainage of public funds; discrediting the image of the country, especially overseas, and create panics within the population through the launching of an inflationary process.
7. Encourage strikes, even if they are illegal, in the country’s key industries.
8. Promote riots while conspire to prevent intervention by law enforcement.
9. Cooperate actively in destroying the moral foundations of society and honesty and trust in the government’s promises. Infiltrate other parties with your own people, forcing them to vote for what is useful to your own party’s interest.
10. Register everyone who has firearms, in order to confiscate them when the time comes, preventing them from opposing your revolution.
You will be able to easily identify the policies of the Democrat party in these requirements as set forth by Lenin. Each American must be aware of the differences between individualism and collectivism. Each must choose with which they identify. Unfortunately, there can be no fence sitting. Those who think they are not making a choice, are in fact choosing collectivism because it is the default position. Just as the road to Hell is paved with false promises of liberty and prosperity, so is the road to collectivism.
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