Thursday, March 26, 2009

THE FALLACY OF COLLECTIVISM

I've been rereading some literature lately. One of the books I reread was "Anthem" by Ayn Rand. The author's foreward caught my attention. As only someone raised in the shadow of collective government can relate she has nailed the fallacy of collectivism. Give it a read.

"Some of those who read the story (Anthem) when it was first written, told me that I was unfair to the ideals of collectivism; this was not, they said, what collectivism preaches or intends; collectivists do not mean or advocate such things; nobody advocates them.

I shall merely point out that the slogan "Production for use and not for profit" is now accepted by most men as a commonplace, and a common place stating a proper, desirable goal. If any illegible meaning can be discerned in that slogan at all, what is it, if not the idea that the motive of a man's work must be the need of others, not his own need, desire or gain?

Complusary labor conscription is now practiced or advocated in every country on earth. What is it based on, if not the idea that the state is best qualified to decide where a man can be useful to others, such usefulness being the only consideration, and that his own aims, desires or happiness should be ignored as of no importance?

"Social gains," "social aims," "social objectives" have become the daily bromides of our language. The necessity of a social justification for all activities and all existence is now taken for granted. There is no proposal outrageous enough but what its author can get a respectful hearing and approbation if he claims that in some undefined way it is for "the common good."

The greatest guilt today is that of people who accept collectivism by moral default; the people who seek protection from the necessity of taking a stand, by refusing to admit to themselves the nature of which they are accepting; the people who support plans specifically designed to achieve serfdom, but hide behind the empty assertion that they are lovers of freedom, with no concrete meaning attached to the word; the people who believe that the content of ideas need not be examined, that principles need not be defined, and that facts can be eliminated by keeping one's eyes shut. They expect, when they find themselves in a world of bloody ruins and concentration camps, to escape moral responsibility by wailing: "But I didn't mean this!"

Those who want slavery should have the grace to name it by its proper name. They must face the full meaning of that which they are advocating or condoning; the full, exact, specific meaning of collectivism, of it logical implications, of the principles upon which it is based, and of the ultimate consequences to which these principles will lead.

They must face it, then decide whether this is what they want or not."

--Ayn Rand
April, 1946

In light of the unprecedented power grab of our government, including the request to regulate businesses that both receive federal bailouts and those that don't; and the legislation that now calls for mandatory service to the government, this is especially prescient.

5 comments:

Brooke said...

Calling slavery by what it is... They've been practically that plain, and STILL the Obamazombies cannot see it.

Law and Order Teacher said...

Brooke,
Thanks for the visit. I agree that the BO crowd are tone deaf to the changes brewing in the country. We need to make them aware.

Leslie said...

Who better to read and study than someone who has lived it? I have not read Anthem yet, but I did read Atlas Shrugged (and 1984 by Orwell) By the way, those two are a great combination to read at the same time or one right after the other.

I am looking for a copy of "The Forgotten Man" to read first. Then I can move on to Anthem.

Law and Order Teacher said...

Les(?),
Thanks for the visit.
I read all of these over the years. I don't remember them as well as the nuns hoped I would, but I have a passing acquaintance with them. Anthem was a good one, although the constant first person plural is distracting.

The material I have quoted is very thought provoking. I had hoped that readers would stay with it as they read because Rand is on the money.

Currently, I am reading Ben Stein's and Phil DeMuth's "Can America Survive?" It's very good. I have Mark Levin's new book on the way.

Spring break is a great time to read. Peace.

Tapline said...

I just went typed in 912 project, they have some interesting post on the forum which I added my two cents worth they also quoted an oath they had taken from another blog and it was quite revealing as to what they think could happen here. I have never considered National Socialism Collectivism, but I say Socialism by any other name......Good post....