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Candid Discourse

A REDISCOVERY OF AMERICAN INDIVIDUALISM

“All rational action is in the first place individual action. Only the individual thinks. Only the individual reasons. Only the individual acts.”

Ludwig von Mises


THE PRINCIPLES OF AMERICAN INDIVIDUALISM

     There is only one minority that deserves special protection and consideration; that is the minority of one, the individual.

     The United States of America was the first nation to be founded on the principle that the individual was born with inalienable rights, not conferred by government, but by the very fact of his creation. People are always and universally individuals, therefore, all rights are likewise conferred upon them as individuals. Because those rights and that freedom come not from government but are a birthright of all United States citizens, government may neither restrict nor abrogate those rights. Neither can government give special rights to some. In fact, the government exists expressly to protect those rights and freedom of the individual.  

     Human society is not a collective; however, in the minds of most politicians and liberal leaders, we the people are only one or another demographic collective, ostensibly for purpose of getting votes and maintaining power. But there is more than simple manipulation for votes here, because the perception in politics often becomes the reality and that reality, once established, can be harsh. 

    Stalin said that one death is a tragedy, while a million deaths are a statistic. He did not say a million individual deaths were a million tragedies, and that is significant.  Stalin was not commenting ironically on the carnage of war. He was commenting philosophically on people as a mass, a herd, a collective. It was under Stalin, one should remember, that something like 30,000,000 people died as a result of everything from purges to deliberate mass starvation.  These were not perceived as the deaths of individual people, but the death of masses, of collectives. 

     Such things happen in a society when people lose their independence, their individual identities becoming instead collectives. This collectivizing of individuals is the current trend in this country. The present code word for collectives in 21st century America is community: the LGBT community, the black community, the feminist community, the Latino community, the illegal immigrant community. Those are the communities that are currently honored, but others are forced into communities which are currently acceptable to hate: the clinging to their guns and bibles community, the racist bigot haters of the poor community, i.e. the conservative community, the Christian community, the community of those who still believe in the grand idea of America.

     Society consists of human beings coming together for trade forming communities, which may grow into villages, towns and cities. This is the nature of civilization.  But each of these communities in America is a voluntary association of individuals, not collective masses. All laws, conduct, actions and efforts must be extended to allow that level of interaction among independent individuals to be civil. Washington said, “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a cruel master.” Wisely, Washington saw that government itself can be the worst enemy of all individual citizens. Therefore, we believe that “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance” against the intrusion of government in the lives of private individual citizens.

     There is only one minority that deserves special protection and consideration; that is the minority of one, the individual.



“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual you have an obligation to be one.”

                                                                                                      ― Eleanor Roosevelt