Collectivism is a term used to describe any moral, political, or social outlook, that stresses human interdependence and the importance of a collective, rather than the importance of separate individuals. Collectivists focus on community and society, and seek to give priority to group goals over individual goals.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Social Contract is considered an example of collectivist political philosophy, which maintains that human society is organized along the lines of an implicit contract between members of society, and that the terms of this contract (e.g. the powers of government, the rights and responsibilities of individual citizens, etc.) are rightfully decided by the “general will” – that is, the will of the people. This idea inspired the early socialist and communist philosophers such as Karl Marx.
According to Encyclopædia Britannica, “collectivism has found varying degrees of expression in the 20th century in such movements as socialism, communism, and fascism. The least collectivist of these is social democracy, which seeks to reduce the inequities of unrestrained capitalism by government regulation, redistribution of income, and varying degrees of planning and public ownership. In socialist systems collectivist economics are carried to their furthest extreme, with a minimum of private ownership and a maximum of planned economy.”
Simply put, socialism is defined as “a theory or system of social reform which contemplates a complete reconstruction of society, with a more just and equitable distribution of property and labor.” [Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)] It is an economic system based on state ownership of capital. It is the antithesis of what America is … it is contrary to our capitalistic society.
What socialism amounts to is government ownership and/or control over the basic means of production and distribution of services and goods. This means the government controls everything, including you.
Socialists advocate controlled elections, controlled media, controlled education, the elimination of free speech, disarmament of the population, fiat money, a cartelized health-care system, military imperialism, and global government.
Following the attack on 9/11, Socialists in our government gleefully began invading the privacy and exerting massive control on the movement and freedom of ALL Americans. Sadly, many American believed the lies.
Capitalism vs Socialism
In Socialism everything is regulated by the government and everything you do is monitored by the government. While we may not have yet reached the point where the state tells you what color you can paint your house, how many children you may have, etc., instead the government tells you where you can build your homes, your businesses, and even how much food storage you are entitled to.
In recent years, we’ve also witnessed the dismantling of the 5th Amendment as the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the government may seize a home, small business, or other private property of one citizen and transfer it to another private citizen – if the transfer would boost the community’s economic development or increase its tax base.