by Garrett O’Brien, originally published 19-January-2017; updated 16-October-2022

Where to Get Started?

If you are a Liberal or globalist and your immediate reaction is you are not intolerant of individuality — keep reading, and make yourself available to learn something new about yourself.

Being triggered = convictions

If you find your emotions rising up, especially anger, that is your convictions —  which means you have two choices…

  • run from them as you usually do, or
  • face them, work on them, learn and discover why you are angry

And no, those on the right are not exempt from convictions — when it comes to convictions, we are talking about human reactions.

We don’t have to dwell too long on the intolerant tolerance the Liberals and globalists have played in the past – for example, a

  • Christian Bakery shut down after being sued for not making a lesbian wedding cake
  • Muslim bakeries getting a free pass on the same issue should be enough to start the mental list you need

Liberals and globalists say they are tolerant — yet their actions are anything but…

And not surprisingly, they don’t see a conflict or any hypocrisy in this.

There is a principle that explains their blindness but not their behavior as no one ever sees what they are really doing as evidenced when they are being told they are doing something different and believe they aren’t.

It’s one of the reasons political correctness is embraced so much by the leftist leaders and not so much by the right as it waters down the true definition and meaning of words and phrases.

For the most part, the left loves being told what to think, how to react, and what to and not to accept.

Some of them believe they know how to think and some do… but most don’t.

The right?

There are many that love being told what to think as well — with some believing they know how to think and some do… but most don’t.

But for the right, much of that has been changing – while for the left, well, they are the left, yes?

We needed to get that out of the way to focus on the following…

The role of government and the role of the people, and the left is completely opposite of the right in this matter today.

The left wants a one-world government, a one-world army – so if there is a one-world government, why do they need an army?

For the dissidents that don’t want a one-world government – and that would be according to the government’s saying and no one else.

We see how well that is working in China, in North Korea – so why not make it global, eh? SMH

In general, the left for the most part loves large government and lots of social programs.

In general, the right for the most part loves small government, more power in the people’s hands and not the governments (meaning fewer social programs, among other things).

Wasn’t always this way as in the past it mostly was policy issues — but that changed more than 60 years ago.

The left has kissed policy issues goodbye in favor of something more personal to them as well as to those they eventually want for themselves – power and control.

The Importance of the Individual

The simple step of a
courageous individual
is not to take part in a lie

~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Belief in the power of the individual, not only to combat tyranny but also to maintain the health of a society, was shared by many great thinkers of the past few centuries…

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • William James
  • Carl Jung

We’ll get into what they had to share in due course…

The Anatomy of Collective Action

Collective action is ineffective at bringing freedom to an unfree world if people do not first strive to set themselves right.

That means the people have to forego setting others straight so they can focus on themselves — this is something that is inherently wrong to any collectivist as they see everyone focusing on all others, not focusing on themselves.

That is much akin to trying to pour tea from an empty kettle – they haven’t filled the kettle enough (themselves) in order to give to those around them.

Even when the teapot is empty, it is expected something should still be coming forth.

I’m not going to get into the wisdom of that perspective as anyone with reasonable discernment can see there isn’t any.

Commonalities of Collectivist Leaders

The antidote
to this abuse of formal government
is the influence of private character,
the growth of the individual.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Castro, Sun — all brutal dictators of the 20th century, all with a commonality.

They all stressed the importance of the collective over the value of the individual.

Those who desire to rule over others do not espouse collectivist ideologies because they believe it will benefit those whom they rule — they do so because it provides them with a secure source of power.

The immense benefits of collectivism for those who desire power arises from the fact that collective ideologies are amorphous – that is they can be built around innumerable possible factors.

In the past, that ideology involved race, ethnicity, wealth, and religion — today, it is the country in which one resides.

Exploiting the Most Basic of Human Desires

There is no uniform collectivist ideology,
but many collectivist doctrines.
Each of the doctrines
extols a different collectivist entity
and requests all decent people to submit to it.
Each sect worships its own idol and
is intolerant of all rival idols.

~ Ludwig von Mises

We yearn for community and desire to attach ourselves to some form of a collective – it is our sense to belong to someone and be part of something.

However, those that desire to rule over others do not want people to attach themselves to just any collective but to their collective – they have, after all, an agenda that the people unwittingly could fulfill for them.

What those with a desire to rule want is for people to elevate to the position of superiority, a specific collective – this fulfills the need of importance those people are going to want, as with importance they have a purpose.

For the past 60 or so years, that supreme collective has been designated as the Nation-State by those who desire and seek to rule over others.

It has not been a spontaneous process as it lacks indoctrination and heavy exposure to propaganda as there is a logistics problem.

People identify more with their local communities and with others with whom they have more intimate connections than that with large collectives spread over a large area.

This is why the European Union has been able to do what it has as the individual areas are smaller than the United States — but even then, they are running into huge problems.

Indoctrinating the people to worship the supreme collective of one’s nation is extremely valuable for politicians as they end up being viewed as the leaders of these collectives.

Thus, the more people who identify with the nation-state, the more minds those in power have in their control.

While offering many benefits to the elites of a nation, this form of collectivism is, overall, the seed for tyranny…

Sheep In Wolves Clothing

The increasing dependence on the State
is anything but a healthy symptom;
it means that the whole nation
is in a fair way to becoming a herd of sheep,
constantly relying on a shepherd
to drive them into good pastures.
The shepherd’s staff
soon becomes a rod of iron,
and the shepherds turn into wolves.

~ Carl Jung

The ability to indoctrinate people to believe in the premise of a certain collection and thus to be turned into what Carl Jung called a herd of sheep is crucial for a tyrannical regime in order to maintain control over a population.

This is evidenced by the fact even in countries such as North Korea, during the famine of the 1990s, or the Soviet Union, during Stalin’s reign, where the populations were starving, mostly unarmed, and where the rulers had at their disposal massive police forces, spying networks, and prison systems, these tyrannical regimes still found it necessary to make use of huge amounts of propaganda to glorify the collective of their nation.

What does this show?

It shows that brute force is not enough to maintain tyranny.

A tyrannical regime can only maintain power if it can control the minds of its subjects.

When one realizes that gaining control of the minds of individuals is the most vital means for controlling the population, it becomes clear that the first step in encountering tyranny is to undergo the difficult process of freeing one’s own mind.

The Individual Is the Threat to Collectivism

As the psychologist, Jordan Peterson wrote in his book Maps of Meaning

Our petty weaknesses accumulate,
and multiply, and
become the great evils of the state.
As our technological power expands,
the danger we pose increases
and the consequences
of our voluntary stupidity multiply.
It is increasingly necessary
that we set ourselves not others right,
and that we learn what that means.

Concentrating first and foremost on setting ourselves right is in direct contrast to collectivism as setting ourselves right first and foremost is viewed as selfish — those that preach the views of collectives would like people to believe this is wrong, unhealthy, anything but good anything but healthy.

Self-examination and changing of one’s ways of thinking, disciplines, and habits have NEVER been viewed as unhealthy unless it is viewed as a threat to a nation-state or other ideology, collective or not.

Collectivists want to tell you what to think — and will crush any and all attempts in learning how to think.

Contrary to collectivism, those that set themselves right and free their minds from state indoctrination provide great services to others.

We all face similar struggles and therefore those who find solutions for themselves, act as role models for other members of society.

What History Reveals

A study of history reveals
that a healthy society
depends upon individuals with
clarity of mind and energy of will…
capable of effective responses
to new situations.

~ Will and Ariel Durant

Friedrich Nietzsche wrote that self-reliant, independent, unprejudiced men are the pillars of a strong civilization.

Arnold Toynbee suggested that a loss of creative power in the souls of creative individuals is one of the key factors that lead to the breakdown of civilizations.

This all points to the importance and necessity of a free mind in order to create a free world – learning how to think and forsaking being told what to think.

What is needed most in a society dominated by oppressive governments are role models who show by example what it means to be free.

Without such people, no collective action, no mass movements, no election of a new leader who promises change will ever bring about anything but temporary and superficial relief.

This is the only way in which
any meaningful social change
can ever take place:
it will either arise within each individual,
or it will not occur at all…
Those who insist upon change
coming from above,
as something to be imposed upon mankind
by institutional authorities,
have to give up on people.

They have lost their confidence
in the life processes that exhibit themselves
only within individuals…
It is now time to give people
a chance to bring order to the world
by bringing themselves to order.

~ Butler Shaffer

The psychology of the individual
is reflected in the psychology of the nation…
Only a change in the attitude of the individual
can initiate a change
in the psychology of the nation.
The great problems of humanity
were never yet solved by general laws,
but only through regeneration
of the attitudes of individuals.

~ Carl Jung

Collectivism in Action

The 2016 elections witnessed collectivism being exercised more than ever before — stop underestimating their undercurrent archive as they will not let go that easily, if at all.

The 2020 elections only put everything on the map.

And the 2022 elections are about to show what the left what the power of We the People really means.

A Question…

There is one thing that many do that few question — and truthfully, most do not know they should question it, they just try to resolve it.

Questions provide focus and direction, open doors, and revitalize dreams — without questions, we’re as helpless as a headless chicken.

The Question? Click here archive

The idea and the quotes for this post came from the video The Individual vs. Tyranny, published on YouTube by Academy of Ideas

image credit: quotefancy.com


BANNED DOCUMENTARY: Conspiracy Of Silence (1993)

Conspiracy Of Silence Is a documentary film detailing an alleged child sex scandal that involved many children from a Nebraska Institution, Boys Town, and Lawrence King - or Lawrence "Larry" King.

The organized child sex parties implicated the Reagan and Bush White House during the 1980s.

King was the ringleader of the sex ring which had links to other fellow political conservatives in Washington D.C., including

  • Republican Lobbyist Craig J. Spence
  • Sen. Elizabeth Dole's Staff, along with
  • members of the financial elite of Nebraska

It features former CIA Director William Colby talking about the high-level child kidnap and sex-slave ring.

The book that was the basis of this movie can be found by clicking here.

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... there is room in America and brotherhood for all who will support our institutions and aid in our development; but those who come to disturb our peace and dethrone our laws are aliens and enemies forever.

You can view the full oration by clicking here.

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