On This “Need” Business, by Eric Peters

What collectivists need the most is your money. Who collects under collectivism? From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

Collectivists often say there is a “need” for something – and that coercion (i.e., government) must provide it.

As in the “need” for  . . . insert here.

What’s interesting about this, beyond the often unnoticed fact that collectivism is really a kind of deformed individualism in that every “collective” is necessarily run by individuals (Stalin, for instance) who coerce the collective, is what’s admitted to by collectivists – without irony or understanding. That being if there is, in fact, a need for something, there is incentive (money to be made, profit) to provide it, arising from from the willingness of those who feel the need for that something to pay for it.

Put another way: If there is no incentive to provide it – because people aren’t willing to pay for it – it is persuasive evidence people aren’t especially interested in it.

In other words, people – as individuals – don’t really need it.

What coercive collectivists really mean is that they, the collectivists, want whatever it is.

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One response to “On This “Need” Business, by Eric Peters

  1. The collective always depend on the use of violence used by an accepted authority to accomplish their goals. When I pointed this out to my communist daughter that I didn’t care if she wanted something for herself and was willing to do that on her own as long as she couldn’t force others, she quickly pointed out that if they could not use violence to enforce their ideas they would not be accepted. I replied that was proof that her idea was not credible or moral. Her reply was that morality of the majority (collective) must be enforced for the good of society.


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