Oct 3, 2012
The word “collectivism” sounds old-fashioned today. It’s supposed to.
It’s supposed to sound like a label from a bygone age when people were combing US government offices for hidden Soviet spies.
Collectivism is tied to other obsolete slogans like “Better dead than Red” and “America, love it or leave it.” In other words, we’re supposed to think collectivism was simply a trendy idea that ran out of steam. You know, a bunch of crazy paranoids were scrambling around warning everybody the sky was falling, but it wasn’t. They yelled COLLECTIVISM IS COMING, WATCH OUT, but nothing happened.
Well, the truth is, collectivism won its war. It absolutely won.
So it changed its name. It became a thousand names behind a thousand masks.
So now we’re the spies. We’re the spies for freedom, and they’re profiling us and trying to marginalize our influence.
Think back to the war of 1776. The Colonists came together, some of them. They banded together to fight the British. They were a group, and ultimately they won. But what did they do after that? They somehow managed to frame founding documents that established freedom of the individual, not the group, as the primary building block of the new Republic.
If we win this fight to preserve freedom in America, will we have the same understanding of what The Individual means? Or will we be so brainwashed that we’ll preach and teach freedom for The Group? If we take the latter path, we’ll fall right back into the trap of collectivism.
Consider the actions and words of the last few presidents. Have any of them made The Individual the basis of their rhetoric?
The answer, of course, is no. And Obama has been the worst of them in that regard. Obama is, you might say, the natural evolution of the eradication of The Individual. He’s focused all his attention on groups.
He bemoans the unemployment rate in “the public sector,” which is the drone-core of the collective. He emphatically demeans the individual entrepreneur (“you didn’t build that”), and claims that the infrastructure of the country, built by the public sector (?), is more important than The Individual.
Under Obama, the collective has become a messianic force. As if, in its vague and undefined way, it will save us all. We’ll become crusaders for that cause.
Yet, for every significant enterprise in human history, the individual vision comes first. It is the launching pad. The energy and inspiration of one person is the thing without which nothing happens.
Where is this taught in our schools? Where do we hear this in churches? What corporations explain this? How many parents make this clear to their children?
The idea has been lost. It is so lost that the majority of Americans don’t even understand what it means.
This should be a blood-curdling fact. But it isn’t. The major media certainly don’t bother with it. Psychologists don’t study it or comment on it. Who is funding studies on the power and vision of the free individual? What politician is running for office based on that idea? In what district anywhere in America would such a campaign score a victory?
No, The Individual is passe.
That’s where we are.
We’re in the dark.
Even when alternative journalists cover the dying out of freedom, they almost always discuss how “all of us” are being swamped by repressive forces. They don’t cut to the core:
Freedom is dying out for The Individual. That’s the stark essence of what is happening in America. But it’s easier to talk about “all of us,” because we have been brainwashed into believing that freedom or slavery is a collective issue.
An overwhelming number of Americans, in what is still the freest nation in the world, can no longer conceive of themselves as free and powerful individuals.
So I can tell you this: even if we win the fight to preserve the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, what we’ll do after that will still miss the mark, until we resurrect The Individual. And that job is Herculean. Most people don’t want to hear about it or think about it.
I, for one, think about it every day. It is a North Star that allows a person to navigate his life. It’s a standard and a measuring rod.
In uncountable ways, we are being drawn into the orbit of The Group. One group or another. We are told, directly or subtly, that everything we do is connected to others, and that connection is the defining impulse that shows us what we are. We are THAT and nothing else.
Why did George Orwell write 1984 about Winston Smith, one individual? Because he wanted to show the effect of the all-consuming State on its primary target: one person. Is that the way the book is read and taught now? Or are we supposed to believe that Winston Smith, the rebel, was merely a symbol and a metaphor for what was happening to everyone?
It doesn’t matter what is happening to everyone, when the irreducible essence of freedom, one person, is no longer present in consciousness.
When people think about Aldous Huxley’s novel, Brave New World, can they recall an individual hero, or has the State, in the book, taken over existence to such a degree that the one person is irrelevant?
Operation Mind Control, or collectivism, has triumphed so fully in our time that most people can’t imagine themselves as distinct and separate and free and powerful individuals. Nor do they want to. They feel guilt when they try. They feel they are betraying the Mass. They feel they are breaking the law. They feel they must retreat back to a position of safety. They feel that, if they step out in front of The Group, they are losing their innate “religion.”
Through devious means, the media twists individuals into “lone individuals,” a phrase we’re all too familiar with. These are the mysterious psychopaths who commit vicious crimes. The implication is: if they only had been part of some community, they might have learned community values and taken a different path. They might have realized they were part of the whole “human family.” They might have been saved.
Because, according to collectivism, to be saved IS to recognize that one is a cell inside an interdependent collection of cells. That is the premise. That’s the trendy thing to believe.
If you want cells inside cells, study almost any ancient society. There you will find variations of human ant colonies. There you will find individual sublimation to the group spelled out in blood.
What do you think Globalism and the New World Order are all about? They are the apotheosis of The Group, disguised as humanitarian service to The Good. This is a cold calculated propaganda operation. It works because people, when they become aware of suffering, want to reach out and end it. That impulse is preyed upon by the Globalist vultures, twisted, redirected, and harvested.
On a personal level, individuals become aware they can discover and invent visions of grand achievements and futures; then they hesitate; they balk, they feel alone; they don’t have the staying power to rebel against the Mass. They find a group into which they can retreat. They remain there. They hide from themselves there. They hope their self-induced amnesia will last. They invent reasons and stories and myths to explain their retreat. They seek confirmation they’ve made the right choice. They find other individuals like themselves, who’ve surrendered. They form bonds. They collectivize.
Now we are told the individual’s highest aspiration or vision must be service to the group. The whole matter of “the greatest life” is presumed to be settled. It’s no longer worth re-thinking. This, of course, is propaganda. In many ways, from many angles, it’s taught and implied in our schools. Children learn to parrot the appropriate phrases. They utter them proudly.
Three minutes after the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, there was an all-out psyop to convince humanity that the world was no longer separated in any way. No, now we had to strive together, to avoid extinction. And that was true, up to a point. But this striving—what would it be FOR? Toward what end?
How would the overriding slogan, “We’re all in this together,” actually be applied?
Look at how “one world striving together” has been used by Globalists in the last 65 years. We have, for example, the GATT Treaty, which gave birth to the World Trade Organization. And we have lesser treaties, like NAFTA and CAFTA, which were designed along the same lines.
These treaties have led to the enormous outsourcing of jobs and the flight of corporate factories. As Sir James Goldsmith pointed out, this is a completely criminal and insane policy. It means that the industrial countries have had to compete on impossible terms with countries where workers will produce goods for next to nothing.
It is economic suicide—planned economic suicide, aimed at bringing down the industrial nations. It’s succeeding. This is the real and brutal face of the slogan, “We’re all in this together on planet Earth.”
From the World Trade Organization has come the pernicious standard called Harmonization. It means that food policy and medical policy and health policy and trade policy—and eventually military policy and limited free-speech policy and judicial policy—are all arranged on an international basis. No more sovereign choices and no more sovereign nations. This is the real and brutal face of the collectivist slogan, “We’re all in this together on planet Earth.”
The Cold War itself, in which the United States and the Soviet Union faced off for decades, and its gigantic cost in human lives and money—all of it was a covert operation to divert drain resources away from truly productive societies.
As Anthony Sutton demonstrated so ably in his work on technology transfers from the US to the USSR, criminal covert ops were undertaken to keep the Soviets on the semblance of an equal footing with America. Why?
To sustain the Cold War, and therefore to grab tax dollars from hard-working citizens; to increase the gap between the rich and the poor; to destabilize nations and bring them closer to being military camps; to keep people on edge fearing an imminent nuclear holocaust; to establish the “need” for universal surveillance; to demonstrate in terms everyone could understand that, in order for the planet to survive, “we had to be in this all together.” As collectivists.
Then we had a softer version of the same platitude, the 1960s, the Age of Peace and Love. “We’re all in this together.” “Everything belongs to everybody.” And in the wake of that delirious decade, the propaganda of Interdependence. In Nature, and in society, and in the universe, everything is connected to everything. Collectivist Nature and collectivist economics and collectivist physics.
“It Takes a Village.” No one can stand alone. The individual is dead. The Group is All.
Then, the onslaught of messianic propaganda about food and agriculture. We have to feed everybody. What form has that taken? The one-word answer is Monsanto. Life will finally work for seven billion people because all crops will be genetically engineered. This will enable far greater crop yields (an outright lie). The small (individual and free) farmer will be phased out. Destroyed.
In truth, the nutritional content of food will be grossly lowered. New diseases spring up. This is the real and brutal face of the collectivist slogan, “We’re all in this together on planet Earth.”
In the medical arena, we have the institution of national health care plans in more nations, finally including the US. Everyone will be covered. We’re all in this together. Except that the true objective of the plan was to install mainstream allopathic medicine as the only permitted system. Meaning: more toxic drugs, destroying more lives. 225,000 annual deaths in the US alone from the medical system. We’re seeing ops designed to marginalize and phase out natural medicine. This is the real and brutal face of the collectivist slogan, “We’re all in this together on planet Earth.”
How about economics and finances? With conscious collectivist agents inside every government in the world, we got massive government spending—to the point where the debt was insupportable, where any economic calamity, engineered or accidental, could topple the whole works. As it has. This is collectivism in action, for the objective of creating one “better” global management system for Earth. The New World Order.
We could go on. But the point is clear. Since 1945 and the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan, the ideal and the promoted necessity of one world, of “we’re all together in this together,” has been used over and over again as a form of mind control, to permit the massive destruction of civilization.
The fatally flawed “science” of manmade global warming has emphasized yet another form of “we must all strive together to avoid a holocaust.” In this case, it’s carbon taxes, cap and trade, the dismantling of industrial economies, the increase of poverty, the reduction of available energy.
And at the heart of all of this mind control is the premise that the free and powerful individual, seeking his highest vision, seeking his greatest achievements, is the enemy, and only the collective can save and deliver us from evil.
Some people, reading this, will think I’m against any group action, that I don’t believe group action has ever been effective. They miss my point entirely. I’m not talking about REAL group action. I’m talking about ENGINEERED group action devised to destroy life, under the guise of saving it.
And most of all, I’m talking about the individual human being SURRENDERING to the idea that he is unimportant, that he only counts in reference to other people, that he has no real power, no real imagination, no great vision, no great status.
Status ultimately is reserved for the collective.
In my life, I’ve known hundreds of people, and I’ve seen thousands more, who’ve launched and built and created enterprises of one kind or another…and then they turned around and preached the primacy of the group. Instead of standing as an example of what one person can do, a TRUTHFUL example, they betrayed all that and became advocates for the collective.
It’s a sick joke. They came out of nowhere and used their power and energy and imagination to create something successful, and then they abandoned the premise of The Individual.
Some of these people have been co-opted, but many just failed to understand their own psychology. And many refused to allow other people to be individuals.
“Well, yes, I built that, but I know you can’t. So I’m here to help you, to put you into the mass, the group, the collective.”
Could they be more patronizing?
“Yes, I’m a big person, but you’re a little person. Don’t worry. I’ll show you the way. WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.”
“Yes, I guess I came up from nothing and made my way and worked myself to the bone to succeed, and I had a great vision, and I pursued it and I used my power and I expanded that power…but I know you can’t do that, and I’m sorry. And I know you can’t rebel against your evil dictator and establish real freedom, because you can’t understand what freedom actually means. You’re limited in that way. And by “you,” I mean thousands of you, no, millions of you, no, billions of you. That’s why I’m saving Africa and Latin America, and parts of Asia on the weekends. Are you with me? Remember, we’re all in this together…”
And standing nearby, the real movers and shakers in the Globalist Club are laughing so hard they’re falling down. They’re cheering and laughing at this shell game until they can’t talk. They’re beside themselves. They LIVE for this kind of shit.
They live for the erasure of the individual. And they have lots of friends.
The author of an explosive collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world.