(Part of a series: The Problems Associated with a Collectivistic Society)
The sixth problem associated with a collectivistic society is: it’s selfish.
It shouldn’t be a requirement of this analysis to show why collectivistic socialists are selfish. But a logically devoid, bandwagoning class of individuals perhaps require such a statement. Wealth redistribution is the socialist’s platform, and as other sections of this series have denoted the unsustainability, dependency and idiocy of this concept, what should be disturbing to most about collectivism is how completely unjust it is.
For a moment, forget what it teaches us about work, forget how soon the money will run out, but think solely on taking the possessions of others against their will. The Bible (and most morally awake humans) refers to this as stealing, and between individuals it is prohibited. But when the government wants to tax the rich at a much higher rate, simply for the reason of “they are rich” and then gives that money to the poor, the name changes from “theft” to “collectivism”.
The concept of “robbing the rich and giving to the poor” has been in circulation since 13th century England made the folklore of Robin Hood famous. This RobinHoodonomics works well on paper and in fantasy- perhaps that is why Robin Hood is folklore, and not a politician. And it should also be pointed out that in many Robin Hood tales, the poor that Robin Hood was redistributing money to were taxed by the king at a very high rate. So Robin Hood could have completely abandoned his job as a wealth redistributor and perhaps honed his already immaculate archer skills, if the government would just turn the taxes on low, which is the opposite of the socialist platform. Perhaps instead of giving money back to the poor, the government could just not take their money in the first place.
What is admirable about Robin Hood is he was quite blatant in his theft, something socialist governments try to mask now with words like progressivism, redistribution, and of course, collectivism. How can any moral person truly say they are for “robbing”, the first word of Robin Hood’s campaign? Are we to treat the rich with a different moral code? Perhaps a code that does not include robbery and theft? Of course not! Saying “they won’t miss it because they have so much” does not address the issue of theft. Robbery is not justified when the party being robbed doesn’t miss the taken items. Theft is still wrong.
Theft is selfish. The simplest of concepts, it can be difficult to express in words how to get the message across to people that taking something that someone else worked for, at no cost to you, is selfish! We are often taught this in kindergarten. Work for what you want. Leave what you have not worked for.