In the hopes of not appearing too paranoid as to the real world impact of the ideology of collectivism, I'll limit myself - due to the recent victory by the Regime - to merely 'pragmatic' manifestations intrinsic in the operation of collectivism in the real world.
1) Three is company
Three is company, it is said. I'd suppose this points to an altogether central component of why we dislike collectivism - that is, of course, the thought of more than two people sort of, really being authentic towards each other in terms of passion is - as a generality - a whim not a fact. We naturally have a pure distaste for more than our lonesome and a lover, as an archetype of differance.
You can't argue with someone talking too much when there are more than two people of company for an occasion. There are certain restrictions one must abide by when in 'public', the public-of-the-world as purely more than a deuce.
2) Mandatory Acceptance of Certain Vulgar Tenets
If one were truly unrestrained in the world, there must be none other than oneself as such in-and-of-itself.
3) Sports for Geeks, Video Games for Jocks
Collectivism inheres unto the world, by whatever application, homogeneity. This can be irritating to many who value their own sense of 'working-towards-which' and 'self-reciprocation'.
By stamping each one of us with a static macrologically oriented 'self-as-category' brand of collectivism, we see - to an alarming degree - the homogenization of our culture. The left openly admits to viewing this change of tradition favorably; however, should a gentleman wish to remain in his own skin in our age he would be wise to take solace under a rock in a deep ravine, lest he be consumed alive by the fire of Media.
4) Average Wins
In a collectivist society such as ours, the average of all parts equals the kool-aid drinking socialist ubermenschen. The familiar adage runs thus; If you're, say, in a classroom and the teacher averages all of the students grades together so that all might have an 'equal' grade when it's said and finished, you really - what you have is exactly what socialism and progressive liberalism are showing in their hand when they talk of the redistribution of wealth as a virtuous form of 'social justice'.
5) The Hoarde
There is no doubt that the most apparent form of collectivism in the real world is large crowds...
Now I don't know how you, dear reader, feel of being in crowds - but I'd wager any honest man would have to admit to being in same basic sense primordially afraid of appearing in the public square in extremely hoarde-like circumstances. It's not fun... to get trampled, the be pickpocketed on a busy street, to be - say - run over by a car on a busy intersection. Every one of these admittedly dire circumstances in, in a sense of valence, negative.
No need to mention the archetype of religious people enveloping pagans and burning them or some such thing. Trite. Old hat.
The new 'pip-pip' is in the rub of when, as so often happens today, Christians are derided or silenced or scoffed at or viewed as not 'with-it' for openly speaking of Christian topic.
The old, 'what is cool?' question shouldn't bother one seeking to understand collectivism...
The real question remains, "why isn't philosophy studied more extensively more passionately?"
6) Diluted Dreams
When one lives in-the-world with other daseins, one has been said to 'embody' the characteristics of those in close proximity. We become each other, in certain extreme circumstances. We take on each other's inflections, values, and tastes - to a degree which is generally not recognized in the working mind of modern Spirit. It is surely more than a mere annoyance to find oneself being akin to those around one - but indignantly so when one considers the pleathora of modes in which this takes place within a sub-culture, often, that is altogether removed from the guiding principe of individual interpretation as empirical assurance of sanity and soundness. Collectivism simply affects our empirical integrity, in almost all instances.
7) Life Defined by Times
It could be noted that there is no real 'generation' as such. There are, quite melancholic no doubt, simply numbers and numbers upon numbers of individual people. A generation and how it accomplishes valuation within-the-world can oft be entirely separate from an absolute self. Say you lived in the 60's... Your generation is viewed, if not shaped, as a total component archetype. I'll certainly be more than a trifle tissy when, as Marshall McLuhan described, my generational archetype degenerated into pure 'cliche'. Think of how it must feel to be in the greatest generation and how their times and values are distorted within-the-world, the differance of Being-Unto-Death.
8) Little If No Autonomy
When collectivism and it's insinuation into our lives, erm - is not... how do I put this; properly combated (i.e. Fought Tooth and Nail like the founders did), we as people can and do often live a life almost completely devoid of autonomy. Think of the humble North Korean. It would be a stretch to convince me that what he experiences in his emotional and cultural life has any resemblance to what is known in the west as 'autonomy'. If he did, it would probably parallel the apparent lack of autonomy many in the west themselves feel. Think of the sex slave. They, in a culture that perspire's sex and domination to the degree that it does, find themselves - underage often - completely at the mercy of vicious foreign cartels etc. with no, in a literal sense, autonomy. Autonomy, being - to me - the ability to make free choices.
9) That Feeling of Having Done Something Before
Deja-vu is, in virtue of it's rigged illusion, the first phenomenological indication of massive overwhelming torrents of collectivism flooding the barriers of humanity's recompense. The sensation of having done something or been somewhere before is, according to recent neurosurgery discoveries, linked to the sense of self-hood in being-towards-death as it's own utmost possibility for being. The Chinese and Taoists say that to feel insignificant is a virtue - most likely this feeling is a subtle underpinning of most experiences of deja-v u.
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Founder and Member, Brendan O'Connall -
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- Wed, Nov. 28th 2012 Raleigh NC