Is This Where We’re Heading ?

Collectivism means the subjugation of the individual to a group whether to a race, class or state does not matter.

Collectivism holds that man must be chained to collective action and collective thought for the sake of what is called “the common good.”

Collectivism holds that the individual has no rights, that his life and work belong to the group and that the group may sacrifice him at its own whim to its own interests.

The only way to implement a doctrine of that kind is by means of brute force and statism has always been the political corollary of collectivism.

The political philosophy of collectivism is based on a view of man as a congenital incompetent, a helpless, mindless creature who must be fooled and ruled by a special elite with some unspecified claim to superior wisdom and a lust for power.

Collectivism does not preach sacrifice as a temporary means to some desirable end. Sacrifice is its end—sacrifice as a way of life.

It is man’s independence, success, prosperity, and happiness that collectivists wish to destroy.

Observe the snarling, hysterical hatred with which they greet any
suggestion that sacrifice is not necessary, that a non-sacrificial
society is possible to men, that it is the only society able to achieve man’s well-being.

Copyright © 1986 by Harry Binswanger.
Introduction copyright © 1986 by Leonard Peikoff.

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