Glenn Woiceshyn Quote

“The antipode of individualism is collectivism, which subordinates the individual to the group -- be it the 'community,' the tribe, the race, the proletariat, etc. A person's moral worth is judged by how much he sacrifices himself to the group. [Under collectivism] the more emergencies (and victims) the better, because they provide more opportunity for 'virtue'.”

~ Glenn Woiceshyn

Lessons from the Great Ice Storm: Individualism vs Collectivism, (1998.03.07)

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Mike, Norwalk

Individualism is an antipodean to collectivism. Morality based on law is an antipodean to collectivism. Virtue based on law is an antipodean to collectivism.

Robert Edwards, somewhere in the USA
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Robert Edwards, somewhere in the USA Mike, Norwalk 12/5/19

You can't have one without the other...Morality and virtue based on law has nothing to do with either...

James, Newport, RI

Complex and over-stated, this writer's derivation cannot shine without a suitable context; the seeds were blown far from the tree in this case and should they find fertile soil, should they grow, what will there perceived issue be? Still, the quote is quite a genuine observation well captured. Thank you, it was worth the read.

L. Hanson, Edmonton, Canada

I'm ashamed of the fact that this guy is a Canadian. In the article he sideswipes the truth with nothing more than US and A propaganda. This guy is a conservative hack. Trickle-down was a lie that perpetuated the biggest con-job in the history of Western Civilization. We came through that ice storm because of our Collectivism, not in spite of it. Collectivism and a sense of community is what built Canada and will continue to strengthen us to weather all storms; natural or economic.

KJ, Granite Bay

This perfectly illustrates why The Left is so "emotional" and so unashamed of it.

They judge their "victims" in some unflattering way, feel "guilty" about their judgmental thoughts, and feel moved to "help" the "victim" (as compensation for their ugly judgmental thoughts).

They are very like children in the way they "see" the world.

A mature adult human sees someone in need and asks what they can do to assist. The one thing they do NOT do is tell the person in need that they (the one offering assistance) knows what is best for that person.

The mature adult human LISTENS and does not judge; acting instead out of a genuine appreciation of what it is to be in need, and not out of guilt.

And thus, the help they offer is genuine -- because there is no dictating what the person in need must accept; nor does their help come with strings attached, like The Left does with their implication "You must vote the way I think you should from now on, of course, since you have accepted my "help".

Robert Edwards, somewhere in the USA

Without individualism there would be no collectivism... 

Robert Edwards, somewhere in the USA
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Robert Edwards, somewhere in the USA Robert Edwards, somewhere in the USA 12/5/19

Voting has become a total waste of time as the candidates have been chosen by the deep state.

E Archer, NYC
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E Archer, NYC Robert Edwards, somewhere in the USA 12/12/19

Without the Left, there would be no Right ...

Robert Edwards, somewhere in the USA

Gone have the days of the "Left" and the "Right" we now only have one party and it's called the MIC. We have children starving, we have thousands on the streets seeking shelter, we have Vietnam Vets refused benefits and yet we spend $22.2 billion on  a Submarine which will become obselete in a year or two. 

E Archer, NYC
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E Archer, NYC Robert Edwards, somewhere in the USA 12/12/19

Collectivists use 'we' to identify themselves  'we' have this, 'we' do that, 'we' should this, ... 'we'?  YOU are not doing any of that, so how do you speak of 'we' ?  Collectivists have a bit of a responsibility problem  they don't know how to identify what is really 'theirs' and what is not.  When a liberal says 'we' he/she means someone else.  To what are 'we' entitled?  What are 'we' responsible for?  That is a distraction  to what am 'I' entitled, for what am 'I' responsible?  Those are the real questions.  Hiding in the mass of 'we' to avoid responsibility only places the responsibility upon someone else.  What are 'we' to do?  Whatever each individual does. 

It should be no surprise to discover that the most 'liberal' cities applying classic collectivism have the most homelessness and crime.  Victims are political currency, and are the cash cows of collectivism.  You will be assimilated. 


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