To repeat what has been written, a group of like minded people is a collective. The three broad collectives is the tribe, socialism and communism. A tribe is primarily only a social order, socialism a social and political order with communism adding an economic order. The purpose of the economic dimension is Marx’ belief that an economy can be managed which is in direct opposition to Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand of Capitalism.
The leaders of a collective are bullies with the broad population being the bullied and there are bullies in training. One of the primary methods for keeping the collective together is to invent an enemy and inject fear that our invented enemy will overcome us. Collectives adopt a victim mentality. Using say two small tribes in South America as an example. The chief of tribe A will tell his people that tribe B has more members and that they are in danger of being attacked and destroyed by tribe B. So tribe A chief convinces his/her people to attack first. They may come up with a plan to kill some men and maybe steal some women from tribe B so that tribe A will now be bigger. So off t hey go for a night of killing. Sometime later tribe B will ay the same about A and off they go. After a while they are not invented enemies, they are quite real. While they are busy killing and stealing there is no time for progress and they tribes stay in a perpetual stone age state.
Fast forward to the 20th century and you have as an example unions and management. Union leaders will call a sudden stop work meeting to discuss some imagined fault with management and of course saying that 50% of them will lose their jobs blah blah blah and we have the victim mentality. It doesn’t matter which collective you examine they have an enemy which must be fought. The followers being basically cowards (remember they are the bullied) will do as the leaders say. In contrast individualists don’t have a victim mentality. No matter what happens they pick themselves up and keep going forward.
Another trait of collectives is their desire to save someone or something. I call this the Messiah complex and I have a blog post here. The phrase they start with is something like, “For the good of the people we must ……………..”. I find this a fascinating study. As an example take the fight against cigarettes which was fought by our valiant Labor/Green government under Juliar Gillard. Roxon decided that “for the good of the people cigarettes consumption must be curtailed”. Obviously being a good little messiah she decided that banning it outright would be too difficult and also the government would lose votes. So they went for the plain paper packaging so that nobody knows what actual brand they are buying. With all the usual huffing and puffing about how good it would be for our advanced society and endless debates and not mentioning the losses to the cigarette companies who generate billions for shareholders who were also pension funds etc etc. it was introduced. Ok what was the broad result. Uhm nothing. Cigarette consumption dipped a little (there was a tax increase) and is now a little higher than it was before plain paper packaging. Cigarette smuggling has increased. This was all about 2 years ago (2012). Now there is not a peep. The saviour came and went and was anyone saved? Of course not. The instigator, Roxon, just feels a little better about herself and that she saved someone, somewhere. This is how collectives work. Now just a thought. Alcohol destroys far more lives than cigarettes. Why have these messiahs not gone after alcohol? Hypocrites.
The main thrust of the collective messiahs is to use emotional arguments. “Think of the children, polar bears, cute kittens, basically anything which can invoke an emotional response. Now people are hooked and a solution is proposed. One little problem, usually an emotional solution is badly flawed. Solutions should be logical and reasonable. Of course there may not even be a problem so you have a fake problem with fake solutions but the fake messiahs feel good. Man made Global warming is the fake problem at the moment. There are many fake solutions but the thing is it is all about stealing money from the rich and middle class and lining the pockets of the scammers. Greenpeace, WWF, PETA the UN are all large collectives who use emotional arguments to push their agendas to steal your money. They all believe they are saving the planet. Actually the higher ups know that they are NOT saving the planet but again they have duped the idealists and cowards to support them. The followers are blind because they think on the emotional level instead of the reason level.
Another example of collectives that you may not be aware of. This month, November has been renamed Movember. The cause is men’s health and they want people to grow a mustache and then get sponsers to pay you money which you donate to some men’s health group. Hey I got an idea, if Men’s Health is such a good cause I wouldn’t bother with the mustache just give the money. Hey how impressive would that be. Do you know why they hold these campaigns? No? Ok I will tell you. People in a collective are mean spirited. They don’t give money unless it is pried out of their cold dead hands. It has been found that conservative individualists give far more money than socialists. You see socialists want your money not give it away.
More in Part 7