It is critical that each individual determine who they are, what they believe. When people sit on the fence, it is collectivism that wins. This has been proven time after time throughout history. To protect the rights of the individual from those who wish to control, takes positive action. Our founders understood this and took the positive action of forming us as a Constitutional Republic. The constitution part was to define that sovereignty lies with the people and not government. The republic part was to protect the rights of the individual from the forces of an irrational and reactional majority.
This is the essence of what the difference is between individualism and collectivism. The United States of America was founded on the principles of individualism. Forces in the United States, specifically what is known as the progressives or the Democrats, have been transforming the United States from an individualist nation to a collectivist (Marxist, communist, socialist, progressive, Democrat, all virtually the same) nation.
Individualism is an ideology, the core of which upholds the virtue of self. It advocates that an individual can value his own ambitions, over those of the group that he belongs to. It sets an individual as the standard of discussion and comparison. It values an individual’s independence, and the fulfillment of his aspiration and desires. Thus, in a nutshell, it can be concluded that the concept of individualism doesn’t believe in the norm that a majority can superimpose their opinions on that of the minority.
Collectivism is based on the philosophy that an individual has to limit himself in the framework set up by the group, or in larger terms, the society or the country. He can be contributing significantly towards his group or country, only when his actions reflect the betterment of his group. It focuses on collective ‘good’, rather than the ‘good’ of the individual, who actually forms the group. It promotes loyalty of an individual towards the group that he belongs to.
Individualism is not the idea that individuals should live like isolated hermits, nor the idea that they should never get help from others, nor the idea that an individual never owes anything to other people. Individualism is the idea that the fundamental unit of the human species that thinks, lives, and acts toward goals is the individual. This means that the adult individual can form his own independent judgments, act on his own thoughts, and disagree with others. He is not telepathically linked to other people as part of a “hive-mind” that does the thinking for him, nor is he inexorably governed in his thinking by economic or linguistic factors in his society. Each adult individual has the ability to consider what is in his own best interests. Each can act on his own private motivations and values, and can judge other people as good people to form relationships with, or as bad people to be avoided. Each can decide whether or not to cooperate with others to solve problems. Each can choose to think for himself about the conclusions that the majority of others in a group come to, accepting, or rejecting their conclusions as indicated by his own thought.
Collectivism is the idea that the fundamental unit of the human species that thinks, lives, and acts toward goals is not the individual, but some group. In different variants, this group may be the family, the city, the “economic class,” the society, the nation, the race, or the whole human species. The group exists as a “super-organism” separate from individuals: It makes its own decisions, acts apart from the actions of individuals, and has its own interests apart from those of the individuals that compose it. Under collectivism, individuals are analogous to worker honeybees in a beehive. The individual bees don’t have minds of their own, and generally can’t “disagree” with the hive. Any bee that acts in a way contrary to the interests of the hive is a malfunctioning bee. If it permanently leaves the hive, it will be entirely unable to support itself and will surely die in short order. If the malfunctioning bee stays in the hive, then it will either be a drain on the hive or a threat to it, and it is entirely appropriate for the other bees to attack and kill it.
A free nation can only exist if it adheres to individualism. A dictatorship can only exist if it adheres to collectivism. Individualism honors independent thinkers. Collectivism demands conformity. Individualism promotes an economic and socially mobile society. Collectivism has a strict class system of elites and the masses. Individualism is always a more prosperous society with the living standard for all increasing while reducing poverty, misery, and crime. Collectivism has a declining standard of living for the masses with rising poverty, misery, and crime.
The left in the United Sates has promised to transform the United States from an individualist nation to a collectivist nation. You must decide who you are and what you want. If you believe in collectivism, you can be active politically or sit on the fence and the result will be the same. If you believe in individualism, you must be an active participant in the fight for freedom. If you are a fence sitter, you will also be a useful idiot for the collectivist movement.
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