"Collectivism holds that the individual has no rights, that his life and work belong to the group (to "society," to the tribe, the state, the nation) and that the group may sacrifice him at its own whim to its own interests.  The only way to implement a doctrine of that kind is by means of brute force -- and statism has always been the political corollary of collectivism."
Ayn Rand
[Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum] (1905-1982) Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter
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A very accurate observation!
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- luis, panama      
    She well predicted our evolution to come here in Amerika.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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     -- jim k, austin tx      
     -- watchman13, USA      
    Is America finally awakening to the real Obama plan?
     -- Ken, Spokane     
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    Rand advocated reason as the only means of acquiring knowledge and rejected faith and religion . . . and rejected ethical altruism.

    It's no wonder given her bourgeois Russian upbringing.

    Under her doctrine we would never have built the interstate highway system.

    Cognitive dissonance anyone?
     -- anonymous     
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    Ayn Rand has the best & stronger ideology against socialism & Communism !! She is so right and clear that I have not found any discrepancy with her thought
     -- Luis, Panama     
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    Socialism is as much a religion as any other, and Ayn Rand was raised in such a faith -- which she rejected on its face. As far as building interstate highways, read Rand's 'The Fountainhead' which glorifies the unrestrained designs and ideas of architects who dared to build the tallest buildings in the world only to be hampered at every step by government bureaucracy. The belief that great things can only be accomplished by centralized government is to worship power.

    So I guess it takes a Hitler to create an 'auto-bahn.' The interstate highway project allowed the federal government to extend its jurisdiction across every state, rather than keep them in the swamp of DC. The glory of fascism: the interstate highway system. Where did they get all that money? Face it, anyone with the power to create money out of thin air to spend across the nation to make them dependents is creating a seat of power to rule all.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Collectivism is predicated upon the ideology of fear and oppression prescribed and circumscribed demeaning denial of the dignity of the individuality of the Individual and of his or her Creator conferred Sovereignty.

    By its very nature, Collectivism is antithetical to the American Ideal of Individual Sovereigns being at liberty to act in their own, and in one another's, Virtue prescribed best interests.

    Its popularization here has been the ruination of our civilization.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    Of course the concept of individual autonomy also allows for the individual to surrender personal rights for the collective good if it is in the best interests of that individual to do so. Provided that its a free and informed choice and that it is revocable.

     -- Robert Orr, Vancouver     
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