There is no collective solution to individual problems. Collectivists often are themselves seasoned by racism, drugs, societal indifference, and the erosion of traditional family and educational structures with their mission creeping as the Caliphate is in the Middle East and Europe.
Horizontal collectivism stresses collective decision-making among relatively equal individuals, and is thus usually based on decentralization. Vertical collectivism is based on hierarchical structures of power and on moral and cultural conformity, and is therefore based on centralization. This is simply a subset of the theory of socialism and redistribution of wealth carefully camouflaged.
Vertical collectivism dilutes personal obligation and is a cultural virus. We are not “going wrong”, we are a case study in the world of that genius, “The rules for radicals”. Crises, “The Fiscal Cliff”, are the key to totalitarian transformation.
The 2012 election may well have been collectively determined by voters who knew nothing about traditions, culture or the state of our union but were enthralled with President Obama as a “rock star”, a perennial “person of the Year (2008 & 2012) and deemed outside of politics, covertly mastering the end products of the “scientific engineering of consent” of the grossly uninformed. “You didn’t do that”, conveniently contradictory, and we are all responsible for the acts of societies’ best and worst, collectively removing duty and culpability.
Horizontal collectivism is about relative equality of individuals, “their fair share”, a false argument for “Command and Control”. In the 1930s America saw the decline of Europe. Jewish professors and acolytes of freedom and principled capitalism within the European universities were replaced with those who taught National Socialism. These are replaced today with radical liberal professors in American universities.
In the 21st century America is experiencing the purging of institutions of higher learning of traditionalist, conservatives, libertarians and independents. They are replaced by radical professors, left and far left progressive ideologies, captured by the insane radical fringes. The ratio of liberal to conservative voices is framed by their own admission “72 percent of professors teaching at American universities are liberal (by their own admission) and 15 percent are conservative. At elite universities, the ratio was 87 percent to 13 percent.” Is history repeating itself? Collectivism is easier to exploit with the “feel good” strategy”, until there is nothing to “feel good” about”.
“We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions.” Sound familiar? Pray, tell, who said that? Was it Anthony Kapel “Van” Jones, Richard Louis Trumka, Andy Stern or somebody else? Look it up.
Collectivism is a basic cultural element that exists as the reverse of individualism in human nature. This is the battle ground of socialism and principled capitalism. Research James Hal Cone on thoughts of religious collectivism and Marxists ideology.
Collectivism obscures and clouds individualism. Individual responsibility and accountability is skirted. This strategy is alive and working with the Benghazi terror attack and the “Fast and Furious” scandals. Present day Libya and Syria are the fruits of collectivism. There are variants of anarchism, such as collectivist anarchism and anarcho-communism, most with a religious bent. The time when diplomats came to Washington for diplomatic solutions has been squandered. They now go to China and Russia.
In 1982 Ronald Wilson Reagan offered $1.00 in revenues for $3.00 dollars in spending cuts. The revenue happened, the cuts did not. Eight years later George Herbert Walker Bush gave up $1:00 in revenues for the promise of $2.00 in tax cuts. The revenue happened, the cuts did not. Boehner is offering 40:1 and it was accepted!!! If great harm comes to America it will be because of “the managed decline of America”, politics, the primary cause being the policies of the White House, collusion of mass media, a conservative lack of courage of congressional conviction and the power of an un-informed electorate, all hidden in plain sight.
The expiration of the Bush tax cuts is anathema to conservatives. Whatever individual are paying now, their taxes will, sooner or later, be raised. One can easily feel the “pinch” already. Money is fungible and it will leave America. Collectivism engenders non-accountability
Vertical collectivism is based on hierarchical structures of power. Rules and regulations, marked by high-profile brawls over global warming pollution, the Keystone XL oil pipeline, new controls on coal-fired plants, overwhelmingly a collectivist agenda. The new regulations from our government in the last 90 day as of 12/26/2012 are 5,745, ruling from Pompeii’s head, not congress. Most regulations are over several hundred pages. The intrusiveness can only be characterized as insidious, the height of arrogant control by the government.
Good stewardship is applauded. New rules and regulations, however, are circumventing the constitution, how many words in that manifesto, making the congress and the senate irrelevant. Most of these regulations are unconstitutional at best and incredibly destructive at worst.
Economic collectivism, ignoring due process, can be insidiously corrupt. Mark Steyn reports that the majority of our T Bills, the financial vehicle carrying our national debt of over $16 trillion, are pretty much held by two institutions. China owns about 30% whereas the Federal Reserve owns 70%. Did we miss the sleight of hand? We are buying our own debt. This “is” mutually assured economic destruction. The United State of America has bought 70% its own $16 trillion debt. Does that not mean that our real national “debt” is $16 trillion plus $11.2 trillion (70% of 16 trillion) or $27.2 trillion? Edward Bernays would be proud (sic).
Vertical collectivism is the governmental command-and-control authoritarian, camouflaged, entitlement driven Marxist control philosophy of the herd and group mentality. This is the Edward Bernays/ Paul Joseph Goebbels “scientific engineering of consent”, the slow deconstruction of the Ayn Rand egotism, our Republics’ paradigm of “We the People”.
Horizontal collectivism is then the dismantling of cultural fundamentals, tradition and principles, of the doctor-patient relationship sanctity convoluted into the death panel, George Bernard Shaw, his thinning of the herd by being invested in eugenic doctrines, a tort obsessed nanny state consumed by anti-individualism, which when taken to the extremes can only be reversed by something as cataclysmic as WWII. Hitler perfected National Socialism, what did we learn?
Fast “Forward”. This is in the Fiscal Cliff Bill. See article. Fiscal Cliff Deal: Hollywood Gets Tax Incentive Extension. This is “pork”, payback to corrupt constituencies, reported to amount to over $400 million. Is this not transparent? Principled Hollywood cries while George Clooney must be proud.
The Current Fiscal Cliff is a case study in horizontal collectivism, redistribution, socialism versus individualism. John Andrew Boehner offered 800 billion in tax revenues. What did President Obama Offer? “You get nothing. I get that for free”. Plan B was Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi’s and Charles Ellis “Chuck” Schumer’s plan, they both grudgingly accepted $450K demarcation of “rich” because of politics. The only end game is socialistic “redistribution of wealth”, reality the “redistribution of debt”. Entitlements are the seduction of living comfortably in poverty, a rejection of individualism, an economic slavery every bit as insidious and horrible as that requiring the 13th Amendment.
Clever, intelligent individuals, throughout history, take concepts like Horizontal/Vertical Collectivism and operate in the intentional, purposefully created, fog of the insane radical fringes to satisfy the worst in Darwin’s survival of the fittest, strategically locating themselves within. Just study radical progressivism.
It should become transparent that simplicity is the essence of Occam’s razor, that being that the best riposte is always the simplest one. Ten statements could replace all of our governmental rules, regulations, and tax code. One expects that it could take no more than one page. But man is resourceful he will endeavor to justify wrong as morally acceptable, even legal. Our government has over seventy thousand pages of tax code, a “White Paper” for organized crime and corruption, the essence of dishonesty. And then there is the IRS code and the criminal code
Oh, yes, those ten statements, the Ten Commandments. And the elimination of those seventy pages of tax code is accomplished with a flat tax et al. And thus we have Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche morality abstractly contrived.
Collectivists promise the “redistribution of wealth” while reality is the “redistribution of debt”. The entitlement lines are economic crematorium lines. Religion is suppressed because faith, hope and charity are antithetical to socialism. Our Constitution is necessarily dismantled because it is the stark demarcation between “Liberty” and “Tyranny”. And finally our fundamentals and principles must be compromised by rendering role models like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan to the trash bin of history.
We must love our children and their future “more” than we love ourselves. There is a solution and it is freedom and it is not free.
Collectivism is adversative to individualism. Eleanor Roosevelt, a Hillary self-proclaimed role model, said “The most valuable experience is the experience of “doing for yourself””. The “road to serfdom” and socialism does not allow for that miracle. Entitlements are the “bread and circuses” of this generation. If we want to “feel good” we just get “high”. If we want Liberty and Freedom’, we must re-earn it, a day at a time.
As Reagan often said, “Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.” Government is the problem here for the very reasons Reagan states above: its promises of security, military and financial, actually make us less secure.
Delaying gratification is what built the middle class, not the redistribution of debt. Constitutional due process is often the price of our civilization. In the wake of yet another cultural tragedy, as prolific as the massacre in a “gun free” zone, the Sandy Hook tragedy, we could use some of Ronald Reagan’s wisdom.
Perhaps then we-as individual Americans and not as the state collective-can avert or lessen such senseless economic and personal travesties, always mindful that “freedom” is not free.