The View From 1776
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Why Individualism Is Better Than Collectivized Government Power
In the critical areas of human conduct - education, energy sources and uses, banking and the currency - liberal-progressives profess concern for an abstraction called “humanity.” That concern is, subliminally or consciously, really a lust for power to control the world.
Germany’s Iron Chancellor Otto von Bismarck detested individualism, preferring collectivized control by an aristocracy. One of his insults was to dismiss an opponent as “no more than an English shopkeeper.” In the 1880s he created the world’s first welfare system. The purpose, he candidly acknowledged, was to enable him to herd the German people like cattle (cf. FDR’s New Deal, LBJ’s Great Society, and Obama’s multitude of socialistic initiatives).
Despite the German Empire’s great industrial, scientific, and educational achievements, laissez-faire individualism made, first Great Britain, then the United States, the greatest commercial and industrial powers in world history.
Tom Emerson emailed his summary of the case for allowing individuals political and economic liberty, without the suffocating embrace of Big Brother, to find new and efficient ways to improve human productivity and thereby to raise everyone’s standard of living.
In a web discussion group, a liberal member issued an ad hominem attack on Washington Post columnist George F. Will for his recent column titled