The premise of the liberal-progressive collectivist ideal is that man is selfish and uncharitable and must be guided by a group of enlightened, well-intentioned, omniscient benefactors.
To liberals, everything is an issue of money. Their guiding principle is that the government knows best and that we should just hand over our money and problems will be solved. They see poor people so they raise taxes to better fund welfare programs in spite of the fact in over 60 years the “war on poverty” has not lowered poverty levels. Our schools are failing and they respond by raising more taxes to give more money to failing schools. Over the last several decades, average American student achievement has remained stagnant, while per student spending has exploded.
Blind faith in a beneficent government dominated by a cabal of collectivist bureaucrats is not just an issue of ideological differences. It is a threat to society because it fosters mediocrity and stifles creativity and innovation, the enemy of tyranny. If we do not strive for independence and self-reliance and do not take care to manage our means ourselves, our end will be ruination.
More and more Americans are abdicating their responsibilities and are becoming more dependent on government. They are blinded by their faith in a government that claims it knows better than they do, that in all things it can succeed and provide. It is becoming fanatical and almost religious.
We ignore the lessons of history at our peril. A wise philosopher eloquently cautioned: “There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end. Communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide.”
Politically astute readers will have correctly guessed the philosopher to be Ayn Rand.