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The Incompatibility of Progress and Collectivism

 

A defendant's testimony and summation.


[T]he mind is an attribute of the individual. There is no such thing as a collective brain. There is no such thing as a collective thought. An agreement reached by a group of men is only a compromise or an average drawn upon many individual thoughts. It is a secondary consequence. The primary act — the process of reason — must be performed by each man alone. We can divide a meal among many men. We cannot digest it in a collective stomach. No man can use his lungs to breathe for another man. No man can use his brain to think for another. All the functions of body and spirit are private. They cannot be shared or transferred.

We inherit the products of the thought of other men. We inherit the wheel. We make a cart. The cart becomes an automobile. The automobile becomes an airplane. But all through the process what we receive from others is only the end product of their thinking. The moving force is the creative faculty which takes this product as material, uses it and originates the next step. This creative faculty cannot be given or received, shared or borrowed. It belongs to single, individual men. That which it creates is the property of the creator. Men learn from one another. But all learning is only the exchange of material. No man can give another the capacity to think. Yet that capacity is our only means of survival.

Nothing is given to man on earth. Everything he needs has to be produced. And here man faces his basic alternative: he can survive in only one of two ways — by the independent work of his own mind or as a parasite fed by the minds of others.

–Howard Roark's courtroom speech,
from The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

 

“I

didn't build that — somebody else made that happen" is the honest confession of a parasite. By definition, he is not a thinker. Parasites only desire what somebody else promises them, whether it be a food coupon, public housing, "affordable" health care, or even a "fundamentally transformed" nation.

Thus, when asked who cares about them more, parasites would naturally pick a tyrant over a freedom lover. They are programmed to literally salivate when the tyrant tells them, no, you can't build that or make that happen yourself, and mortally fearful of the freedom lover who demands, for their own and all our sakes, that you do. But how else may a tyrant convince the parasites that they all need him? that without him all of them are helpless? and that "we're all in this (collective) together"?

But all we know on earth — all we need to know — is that collectivism is tyranny, tyranny collectivism. Collectivism is nothing except extreme conformity. Nor can anybody make it happen except by extreme force.

 

The creator faces nature alone. The parasite faces nature through an intermediary.

The creator's concern is the conquest of nature. The parasite's concern is the conquest of men.

The creator lives for his work. He needs no other men. His primary goal is within himself. The parasite lives second-hand. He needs others. Others become his prime motive.

The basic need of the creator is independence. The reasoning mind cannot work under any form of compulsion. It cannot be curbed, sacrificed or subordinated to any consideration whatsoever. It demands total independence in function and in motive. To a creator, all relations with men are secondary.

The basic need of the second-hander is to secure his ties with men in order to be fed. He places relations first. He declares that man exists in order to serve others.

 

Ayn Rand's jury, therefore, finds the defendant not guilty. Failure to be a slave of "somebody else" some collective is not a crime. Subservience to it has never supplanted, nor ever will supplant everybody's Creator by Whom all are endowed with the certain unalienable right to exist. Personal freedom, not collective servitude, is our and our society's greatest strength.

Parasite-n-thief Øbuiltnothing, on the other hand, appoints himself the sole judge, jury, and executioner of all such defendants.



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