17 Apr 2018

Common Law Democracy versus Collectivism

There are many words commonly used today to describe political belief systems. We are told that there are Conservatives, Socialists, Liberals, Libertarians, Progressives, Left-wingers, Right-wingers, Communists, Maoists, Trotskyites, Fascists, Nazis; and if that isn’t confusing enough, now we have Neo-Conservatives, Neo-Nazis, Neo-Liberals and Neo-everything else. When we are asked what our political views are, we are expected to choose from one of these words. If we don’t have a political opinion or if we’re afraid of making a bad choice, then we play it safe and say we are Moderates – adding yet one more word to the list.

Only a very small minority of people can clearly and accurately define the ideology that any of these words represent. They are used, primarily, as labels to conjure up thoughts of either goodness or badness, depending on who uses the words and what emotions they trigger in their minds. For example, socialism might be described as People-friendly left-wing, whereas fascism is described as corporatist right-wing, yet Hitler, a national Socialist is today described as a Fascist!

To become clear on this thing called political ideology, one has to defragment and simplify what is seen. If we are to make sense of the political agendas that dominate our planet today, we must not allow our thinking to be contaminated by the emotional load of the old political vocabulary.

When boiled down, distilled and simplified, there are essentially just two main choices - servitude or freedom - Collectivism or true Common Law Democracy.  We can either choose to be subjugated into a collective by rulers, overtly or covertly, through Collectivism; or we can choose to be sovereign People in a Common Law Democracy, a profoundly different system from what we have today.

Left vs. Right?

We are told that Communists are at the extreme Left of the political spectrum, and the Fascists are at the extreme Right; two adversaries pitted against each other because, supposedly, they are opposites. Upon close examination, however, we find that they are not opposites at all. They both rest upon the same principles of Collectivism. Fascism and Communism are merely variants of Collectivism. Both believe that the State is sovereign, that the State should be all powerful with an obedient populace, and that rights are not of the human but given to the human by the State.  Both are powerful models in which the State has substantial centralized control over the social and economic affairs of the People.

In simple terms, there has been a mirage of two main political parties opposing each other in Britain for decades, the Right versus the Left. Yet, when we get past the party rhetoric and slogans, we find that the leaders of both parties support the main principles of collectivism.  They do represent a Right wing and a Left wing, but, as G. Edward Griffin so aptly points out “They are merely two wings of the same ugly bird.”

Communism, Nazism, Fascism and socialism all gravitate toward bigger and bigger government, because that is the logic of their ideology. Under collectivism, all problems must be solved by the State. The more problems there are, the more powerful the state must become, therefore its in the State’s best interests for there to be divisions and conflicts so that the People run into its arms looking for safety.

Regardless of what name you give it, regardless of how we re-label it to make it seem new or different, Colle­ctivism is Totalitarianism.  This leads to the stunning realization that Communism, Fascism, Nazism, Neo-Conservatism, Liberalism, Progressivism, Corporatism, Technocracy, Globalism, One World Government, and most of the other political nostrums of our century merely are variants of the same thing. Its name is Collectivism.

True freedom for the British People can only germinate from knowledge and understanding. As Thomas Jefferson said, “Liberty and ignorance cannot coexist.”  For freedom we need honest information.  Without genuinely informed choice there can be no democracy.  People today have better access than ever to knowledge and information. The next logical step is the restoration of a true Common Law Democracy.  Britain is a Common Law country.  Its People now need to push for the enforcement of the ancient British Constitutional Common Law Trial by Jury system of Democracy and progress towards diminution in the role of the State.

(Credit to G.Edward Griffin for his research along these lines for decades)