Collectivism is an all-encompassing term for the philosophies that have been identified with what is termed the left. Collectivism is what we call Marxism, Communism, Socialism, and Progressives. Collectivism is what the Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) Party of today is advocating. Collectivism advocates that the group or collective is supreme, and all policies and practices must be evaluated based on what they would deem to be in the best interest of the collective. This is in direct contrast to the philosophy upon which the United States is based; that is individualism. Individualism advocates that the rights of the individual are paramount and rights that are defined as natural rights such as life, liberty and property are not under the preview of man or government because they are rights granted by the Creator who is ultimate sovereign of all.
Individualism is the most difficult for the individual because individualism requires individual responsibility. For instance, the individual is responsible for their own decisions and it is the individual that must accept the consequences of their decision, good or bad. Individualism also stresses that the outcome is not final because the individual always has the right to and is encouraged to never settle. If the outcome was successful, they can and should strive to reach even higher. This is why the fabulous musician never stops practicing. This is why the researcher continues to do research. This is why the athlete continues to try to run faster, jump higher, or score the perfect 10. This is why the business person pursues better and more efficient methods of production or sales. This is why man has always looked beyond their known borders, be it mountains, plains, oceans, or space. The inner spirit of man is to reach for the stars and this is the heart of an individualist.
Collectivism stresses the collective over the individual. Collectivists believe the good of the collective is paramount. The collectivist believes it is the collective that should dictate the borders or the limits and those few individuals who would counter the perceived borders are damaging the good of the collective because they make the many within the collective who wish to settle, uncomfortable. The collectivist believes that the collective as a whole is responsible for all and that the responsibility of the individual is assumed by the collective.
The collectivist believes that the consequences of the decisions of the individual, good or bad, are the results of the actions of the collective as a whole. The collectivist believes that the family unit is a detriment to society because under the concept of the family unit, individuals are taught different values that may or may not coincide with the collective’s values. The collectivist believes all values should be taught in public institutions such as schools. The collectivist believes that the over achiever is detrimental to the collective as a whole because their achievement makes others within the collective uncomfortable. Thus, the collectivist would say that the person who prefers not to provide for his family or even himself is the result, not of the individuals making, but of the collective and is therefore the responsibility of the collective to provide for the individual. The collectives believe the bad behavior of a person is not the choice of the individual but the result of the collective as a whole and thus the responsibility of the collective and the individual should not suffer consequences for their bad behavior. The collectivist believes financial success of an individuals is not the result of choices made by the individual but is a result of decisions made by the collectivist community and thus financial success must be shared with all.
Individualism is a philosophy embraced by independent minded people like our founders. Individualism is embraced by self-reliant minded people. Individualism is embraced by those willing to accept the consequence of their own decisions, good or bad. Individualism is embraced by achievers. Individualism is embraced by truly compassionate people who love others and will encourage others to reach for the stars, that even failure is better than never striving but simply settling.
Collectivism is embraced by people who believe it is the duty and the right of government, or the so-called elite within society, to dictate to each individual what role they are to play in society and that their thoughts are only acceptable when they conform to the dictates of the elites. Karl Marx called this a classless society. A collectivist believes that they are relieved of their parental responsibility because it is the responsibility of the schools to teach their children morals and values. The collectivist believes it is the duty and obligation of the state to accept ultimate responsibility for the financial welfare of all. The collectivist believes that bad behavior is a result of society and not the decision of the individual. The collectivist believes that life, liberty, and property are granted by the state and thus the state should have complete control. The collectivist has no compassion for his fellow man because the collectivist deems the individual to be inadequate and must accept the role as determined by the elite.
Collectivism always fails. Collectivism denounces self-responsibility and self-reliance. Collectivism brings division, it breeds hatred, it promotes identity politics, it promotes victim hood, and it brings a government reliant society. Collectivism creates devastation and then promotes the policies that created the devastation as the policies that will rescue the devastated.
The only answer for recovery from the devastation created by the collectivist is the philosophy of individualism which proclaims our natural rights are from our Creator and under the domain of our Creator, that we are all responsible for our own decisions, and that true compassion and love is to give a helping hand. A helping hand is given through charity and has the expectation that the individual receiving the help will use that help to recover and then give a helping hand when another needs it. This is in direct contrast to the uncompassionate system of the collectivist or the government welfare system which is designed to create a slave or serf to the state which builds a permanent power base to maintain the control of the elite or state.