The Dangers of: Collectivism

This is part 4 of the series “The Dangers of:” and in this piece we are going to talk about the rise of collectivism and diminishing individual freedom.

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Collectivism is “any of several types of social organization in which the individual is seen as being subordinate to a social collectivity such as a state, a nation, a race, or a social class. Collectivism may be contrasted with individualism (q.v.), in which the rights and interests of the individual are emphasized.”

Collectivism, by definition, is the antonym to individual liberty.  The need of the group trumps the right of the individual. A fine example of this is the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, putting the “safety” and “health” of everyone as a whole over the liberty of each individual.

Another example of the significant rise of collectivism on the left is their insistence on breaking society into different tribes based on uncontrollable characteristics such as race, gender, skin color, sexuality and the list goes on and on.  According to the left, you should mainly be focused on your group identity and the needs of the group, to sculpt your opinions and beliefs.

One glaring example of this is with race and voting. In the left’s eyes every African American should vote for democrats because “republicans are evil racists” and voting for republicans (again, in the eyes of the left) is voting against your fellow African American. To them, it does not matter if you want lower taxes and less government intrusion in your life, the values and wants of your group identity are more important. A shining example of this was the left’s outrage over Kanye West publicly showing his support for Donald Trump as shown in an article from The Guardian “Does Kanye West deserve to be called an Uncle Tom.”

They take it a step further and rate people on the number of these groups they are in, or their intersectionality, to determine how privileged or oppressed one is and, in turn, the legitimacy of one’s opinion. For instance, if a white, straight, cisgender (or non transgender) man were to make the claim that “welfare is the only form of systemic racism that currently exists in the US” it would have less merit than if an African American transgender woman were to say it, no matter how much evidence the white, straight, cisgender man provides.

Another example of this is in the abortion debate. We hear constantly “no uterus, no choice.”  There are countless articles in reputable outlets questioning if men should be allowed to have a say in this policy.  BBC published “Alabama abortion ban: Should men have a say in the debate?”

Previously in American history, a white male’s opinion carried more weight and had a greater influence on policy than that of an African American woman. This was an atrocity and should never have been the case. The left’s solution to these past injustices is to reverse the scale and determine the legitimacy of someone’s opinion based on their historical oppression. There is even a test online to give you your “intersectionality score.” I scored a 7 out of 100.

Today’s left is getting further away from the great words of Martin Luther King Jr. when he said “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

In reality, instead of flipping the script, what we need to do is focus on the individual. Don’t worry about what groups they are a part of, when we determine the worthiness of their opinions.  Listen to their ideas, their philosophies and the content of what they are saying when determining the worthiness of their opinion.

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