This week, I discuss the leaders of collectives, their purpose, and how to oppose them.
Table of Contents
- An Introduction To Collectivism and Leaders
- What Is The Purpose of These Leaders?
- Stand Against The Leaders And Their Sheep
An Introduction To Collectivism and Leaders
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward
Collectivism is “the practice or principle of giving a group priority over each individual in it.” We are all a part of various collectives. Those collectives can be voluntary, such as a club, or involuntary, such as our race. These collectives have leaders who lead, embody the values of, and decide the group’s direction.
These representatives are not wrong in principle. A club needs a leader, a set of rules, and a clear purpose. However, collectives such as clubs, churches, and friend groups are voluntary. When leaders lead arbitrary collectives, then we see an abuse of power.
Leaders can represent any compelled collective based on race, nationality, gender, economic class, and so forth. This situation isn’t ideal because these identities are involuntary (such as race) or require immense effort to rectify (such as nationality or economic class).
For example, I do not choose to be black. However, multiple “representatives” or leaders define black culture, what black people should value, and how others should view black individuals. This power is a problem because no one voluntarily decides their race. Who I am as an individual is secondary to what collective I am a part of. And this collective is led by people who may not share my values or ideals. Thus, others define my life instead of my will, decisions, and virtues.
What Is The Purpose of These Leaders?
The entire point of collectivism is to give weak individuals power over the lives of others. One on one, weak individuals cannot subjugate their more productive and virtuous brethren. But, if gathered into a mob, their power is much more effective.
And that mob needs a leader. All weak individuals prefer to be led. They do not want to be masters of their destinies. And the leaders they follow will justify weak individuals’ envy and wrath. Therefore, leaders exist to give intellectual and moral justification for the addictions and weaknesses of their followers.
Leaders Justify Envy and Wrath
“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Representatives of collectives argue for the comfort of the sheep they lead. Representatives will tell weak individuals society is rigged against them, they are justified in taking what they haven’t earned, everything is unfair, and so forth.
For example, a man is living in a lower economic class. Being born poor is not his fault and remaining in poverty angers him. However, he is responsible for his actions and achieving upward mobility. But he is too weak-willed to change the course of his life.
But a leader of the “working class” can come along and tell him that the system is rigged. This argument gives moral and philosophical justification for the man’s lack of persistence, courage, and fortitude. According to the logic of the working class leader, the man is not at fault for his tardiness, poor attitude, or lack of goals. If he is not responsible, then he does not have to change himself, his choices, or his behavior. Thus, virtue and personal responsibility are outside of his control or, at the very least, will not help him in achieving success.
Such fallacious arguments are difficult to justify alone. One needs a “working class” leader to give charisma and social weight behind these arguments. Once the leader has justified these ideas, the next move is to rally the troops.
A collectives’ representative provides moral and philosophical justification for the poor behaviors of individuals within a group identity. Without a leader, these weak individuals are scattered to the wind. With a leader, weak individuals will riot, corrupt our political and legal systems, and steal from the innocent.
Stand Against The Leaders And Their Sheep
“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
So, what should we do? Firstly, engage in voting and politics as much as you can stomach. You should never vote with the delusion someone will make your life better. You should vote to slow society’s eventual decline.
Secondly, push back against others within your personal life. Black and “anti-racist” white people call me Uncle Tom, coon, and house negro because I argue black people do not suffer because of skin tone. They suffer because of individual iniquity and vice. I challenge the black community’s “representatives” and their narratives. Such opposition has and will cost me, but it is essential to stand against these fallacious arguments.
Thirdly, never let yourself be boxed in. Never define yourself by what you do not choose and cannot control. You are not “poor” or a “woman” or “gay.” These things are irrelevant when compared to your virtues, work ethic, and character. Do not follow our modern world‘s identity politics.
Lastly, take care of yourself. Get in shape so you are more confident and capable of defending yourself. Achieve your goals, so your mindset and attitude improve. Practice emotional control, so you are always thinking and acting well.
Our world suffers because leaders have justified the vices of their flocks. If we wish to survive as a civilization, we need everyone to be responsible and working at their best. They can’t do that if they have a leader justifying their weaknesses.
- Who leads you? Do they lead you to a better place? Do they make you a stronger individual? Why do you follow them?
- What is a movement that you despise? Who leads the movement? What arguments do they provide to the individuals who follow them?
- What are you doing right now to free yourself from poor leaders? How are you working to become a freer individual? What can you do to protect yourself from the chaos of collectivists?
Please remember that it’s important to do the actionables. You’re not on this earth to simply read but to do. To become an individual, you must act more than you consume.
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