Says collectivism has consistently failed

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 2, 2013 

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry said last week: "We have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities" (shades of Hillary Clinton's "It Takes A Village" mentality). Her statement is but one aspect of the overall notion of collectivism.

At the heart of collectivism whether you call it liberalism, progressivism, socialism, Marxism, communism, or by any other name, is what I believe to be the naive belief that everything should be collected and redistributed to people in equal shares. In other words, the individual is nothing. The collective was the life of prehistoric man as a savage but as civilization advanced, families began to strive for self-sufficiency, which increasingly came to be considered virtuous. In the United States this virtuosity reached a high point in the 1950s.

There are a few problems with collectivization, the most obvious one being "The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money" (Margaret Thatcher).

A second problem with collectivism is that most people will not give up their property, their children, or their lives willingly. Thus, they have to either be reeducated or eliminated.

The third problem with collectivism, I believe it is a violation of man's natural rights.

Collectivism has failed every time it has been tried.

Wayne Farber

Bellingham

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