There are numerous terms that can be used to describe the hive-mind that the American left exhibits; Statists, Globalists, Socialists, Communists, Collectivists. Most if not all proponents espousing a grand vision of Utopian harmony through collective action and being through public programs, public education, public housing, public transportation. Better living through community action, community gardens, community resources, communal responsibility. Open source for the common good in search of shared solutions to collective problems on a universal scale because…well…you know…it’s good for everybody. The search for self has been found in becoming one with the all.
“I” has become a four-letter word, never to be uttered in enlightened company. The word “self” is to be scorned unless the qualifiers of centered, absorbed, interested or other suffixes that cast the appropriate taint of derision accompany it. To bring the grand vision of unified glory to fruition any reference to, or pride in, the abilities or accomplishments of the individual must be castigated, mocked or viewed through the coke bottle glasses of parsimonious dismissiveness. “You didn’t build that,” the statement that will live in infamy, was not a creation of the current occupant of the Oval Office, merely a rhetorical reinforcement of a collectivist mantra that has been rattling around the halls of institutions of enlightened social engineering for decades.
Collectivism relies on the destruction of individuals and the ethos of individualism, and the perception of the individualist by the culture at large, to survive. The “lone wolf,” the “cowboy,” the “loner,” have all been perceptively transformed in the pop culture from the hero or romantic of old; The John Wayne’s, the James Dean’s, the Hemingway’s, the rugged individuals that owned their surroundings and took charge in moments of crisis. The “Lone Wolf,” is now a domestic terrorist. The “cowboy,” was a favorite term of mockery for George Bush during his presidency and is seen as the guy with the ego complex at the workplace that tends to go off half-cocked and is impossible to work with. The “loner,” is a school shooter. The Individual acting on his own has become an agent of destruction and chaos. In the case of the Labor Movement, the individual is incapable of improving his lot in life and must rely on the “fellow worker” to advance his station – solidarity is the one and only road to liberation. To resist or deny absorption into the Union results in assault, verbal and physical – they will beat you into recognition and assimilation into the collective. There is only safety in becoming one of and with the numerous.
This mindset, this philosophy, this practice of Collectivism is a destructive force. It must destroy to thrive. It has no choice. It must drain the desire to strive – to strive for something greater suggests that the collective is flawed, something to be escaped from. It must destroy the hero – the hero has a face, the hero has engaged in rogue behavior that elevates his status above the faceless in the mass. It must diminish the inventive – the inventive individual did not seek out the appropriate and proper approval and guidance of the collective and it’s agreed upon goals, he went “off the Reservation,” and must be eliminated. The individual must not be allowed to over perform – that incites envy in the hive, an emotion like envy is a virus to the hive. The hive didn’t ASK to get sick! That damned pathogen of performance MADE it sick! Quarantine it before it spreads!
Collectivism is a deceptive, soul sucking, achievement crushing, contempt addled, and covetous bland mass of forced mediocrity that has over the course of decades diminished the abilities and lowered the expectations of a people and culture that is The United States. A Nation, a culture, and a people that rose to power, prominence and dominance on the World Stage by embracing and rewarding the achievements and contributions of the Individuals that stuck their necks out to create something larger than themselves for themselves and their progeny. From the economy to inventiveness, education to the social contract, our downward spiral as a Nation is directly correlated to the embrace of Collectivism and it’s bitter distain for the achievements and will of the Individual.
I honestly can’t understand why anyone would want to degrade themselves and their surroundings by jumping onto the Collectivist train.