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Collectivism the rejection of personal desires for the communal good of a whole is a contradictory philosophy for by its very nature it punishes those who adhere to its doctrine while simultaneously rewarding those who exploit it In Ayn Rands We the Living collectivism as with any other political ideology has positive and negative applications and whether wielded as a tool of justice or terror the pendulum in which it gravitates swings in both directions Ideally in its purest form collectivism would rise from the mass cooperation of a group for the good of that group it rests in the altruistic hands of the group members and relies on honesty integrity and moral uprightness In actuality as portrayed through Ayn Rands novel it is the suppression of independent thought for a group to whom one is forced to swear loyalty and furthermore results in the rationalization of tyranny for the common good of the people The temptation of power overwhelms any ounce of philanthropy those in power would potentially have spelling despair for those at their mercy Specifically emphasized throughout the tale of Soviet Russia is vertical collectivism in which hierarchy defines ones rank and submission to authority comes at the cost of self-sacrifice No one sees itHundreds Thousands Millions Millions of what Stomachs and heads and legs and tongues and souls And it doesnt even matter whether they fit together Just millions Just flesh Human flesh Rand 403 In the case of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics that cost of self-sacrifice was ones individualitythe defining factors that allowed one human to be unique different from the rest There are things in men Andrei Taganov argues in the face of his Party in the best of us which are above all states above all collectives Do you ask what things Mans mind and his valuesEvery honest man lives for himself Every man worth calling a man lives for himself The one who doesntdoesnt live
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