posted on Jan, 30 2011 @ 02:44 AM
Essay on the Fallacies of Political Individualism
This is an essay which is part one of a three part trilogy in which I shall elaborate upon, explain to, and justify, my opposition to virtually all
of the political consequences arising from the Enlightenment era. There are many notable figures which stood in opposition to the Western shift known
as the Age of Enlightenment which occurred substantially in the 18th century, but unfortunately few have been widely acknowledge.
In my observation there is little substantial opposition to the ideals that arose from the Enlightenment. With virtually all the Western world
accepting each and every principle that was espoused, it is difficult for me to properly explain my position without being savagely attacked. So I am
quite prepared for this onslaught.
Now that my explanation for this thread is done let me perform a quick overview of what I will be covering; Individualism and Liberalism.
Every man and woman wants freedom. Freedom of speech, expression, information, assembly, and to elect your government, that is just to name a few of
the freedoms which virtually everyone desires. But to each individual freedom means something different because each individual is different. The
individual is a unique specimen, one which conjures up its own thoughts, dreams, fantasies, goals, ideals, morals, and yet we are all supposed to
somehow live in a country or world peacefully and safely in which there are billions of individuals.
Individualism could be described as the urgent desire to liberate oneself from the shackles of indignity, responsibility, collaboration, and
cooperation. The desire to create the person whom you have always desired to be, independent from the interference of outside restrictions and free to
arouse such thoughts which by a societal standard may not be acceptable.
Yet if we are all free and are all individuals could we possibly feel comfortable when we reach a point of which we have lost attraction to a certain
characteristic or quality in ourselves or our surroundings? In the complexities of freedom it is an oversimplification to establish the understanding
that freedom is something which man can sustain. For if all men are granted their freedom then obviously who is society to enforce upon them the
constraints of obligation?
Men, free to pursue a life of their own justified desires, would face an infringement upon their rights if they were constrained by family, religion,
state, or established morality. Thus these interferences must be eliminated from the human’s life. They must be free to abandon responsibility when
they deem it necessary, even if this means not providing for their family or simply leaving them.
Because this abandonment is part of their innate rights as an individual there should be no external interference upon their decision making. For if
the church or society were to interfere, they would then be infringing upon that individual’s rights, which would not be permitted by the state due
to the state being the one entity which must enforce the rights of the individual.
Why would the individual desire to be held accountable to societal standards when they know it would not be justified? So in order to rationalize
their behavior and morality they must create a system of checks-and-balances which provide the individual with the freedom from responsibility. This
lessons the sense of guilt by the individual and allows for them to legally exercise their independent right to leave their family behind.
With more rights desired by the individual so to must more powers be transferred to the governing body to protect these rights. But the state
recognizes that this individualism cannot last forever from restraints by society so it is then slowly taken into the hands of government to protect
In the case of all Individualism society would not soon last with that as a foundation. It is not about who controls others but rather like a seesaw.
As the influence of religion, societal morality, and family standards are lowered the power of the state grows more. Hence, while you are
‘progressing’ in terms of social issues and more freedoms are provided to the individual, inevitably the state will have to fill the power vacuum
What then is defined as “good”? Well ‘good’ then becomes subjective as it is based upon what is in the best interests of the individual and
concluded upon by said individual. With that we will have billions of unique definitions of what ‘good’. However that is unconceivable and cannot
Abolishing social constraints upon humans and replacing them with individual self-determination has not provided us with a real sense of personal
identity. Our sense of identity is not formed from radical rebellion and isolation as we are a social animal, reliant upon others for our
entertainment, friendship, and sustainability, which fractures the entire concept of individualism.
Individualism could then be described as failing its own principles if it believes in having any sort of governing body. Individualism would be
described, in its philosophical form, as Anarchism. It is hypocrisy at best to have government, prisons, and laws then claim to be a liberal and
squawk about non-Individualists.
In my opinion, a great analogy of Individualism and Individualists would be this: The rebellious teenager, in a quest to establish their identity and
remove the perceived oppression by their parents they defy authority, demand independence, and cry about being treated like an adult. Wanting to form
their own identity off their perceived understanding of right and wrong they wander into mischief and always return to their parents when in s state
The only difference between the rebellious teenager and the individualist is this; the individualist won’t have anyone to fall back on when things
fail for them. For in an individualist society it is just that, live and let live, take care of yourself. There is no established order which is there
that can assist you except the government for after decades of rebellion the societal non-governmental safety net has been removed.
Churches are abandoned, families disintegrated, charities dwindling, caring individuals become too few of number, and in its place has arisen a
nanny-state which was formed to fill the vacuum left open by the violent removal of the old order. Humans, for too long, have rebelled against
everything that always ‘was’ in an attempt at removing all social constraints upon them.
Individualism is thus the child of Liberalism, the ill-conceived ideology of radicals, rebels, and materialists. Liberalism, founded upon the
principles of the Enlightenment, is an ideology of rejection. It is the rejection of all that humankind ever knew, the remodeling of the world,
changing of entire thought process, and establishing hostility and suppression of the past.
Liberalism is a monster, born on the backs of indoctrinated farmers and traders, enforced with the guillotine, and pushed by the philosophes and
freemasons. It was the basis for the entire French Revolution, it was the justification for the Reign of Terror, and it was organized by the material
elite of 18th century France.
Formed by a loose association of freemasons, philosophes, terrorists, and rationalists all with one thing in common; abolishing tradition. Liberalism
the entire ideology was born as the rejection of another ideology, Liberalism is thus the opposite of tradition and order.
Virtually every ideology in the west is now a supporter or Liberal ideals. In the United States for example, it’s both the Democratic and
Republican parties. Neither are free from the grip of Liberalism whether it be modern or classical, limited government or pro-government. Socialism,
Communism, and Fascism are all also ideologies born from the Enlightenment.
Put it this way, Liberalism and Individualism were summed up best in the hit story ‘Frankenstein’ by one of my favorite authors and
Counter-Enlightenment thinkers, Mary Shelly. Dr. Frankenstein represented what happens from the implementation of Enlightenment values in society;
abandoning family, threatening society, pursuit of dangerous activities for self-pleasure, and finally creating a monster. Frankenstein the monster is