Collectivism vs Christianity and Natural Law

Presidential hopeful Ron Paul

Throughout history, the human race has been forced into systems of government control based on the same coercive ideology.  At the core of this ideology is contempt for the belief that all people possess the moral right to equality, liberty and self-governance.  This ideology is known as collectivism and it undermines the very identity bestowed to mankind by his Creator.

Collectivism attempts to attribute a person’s significance to their contribution or role as the member of a group, rather than as a separate individual.  Collectivism proposes that the “group” is the source of a person’s rights and therefore has the power to administer them.  Within collectivism, an individual’s rights are subordinate to the desires of that “group” which therefore has ultimate power to control its individual members.

Communism, Fascism, Feudalism, Imperialism, Socialism… Are all collectivist forms of government.   Despite common misconceptions, the differences between these forms of government are superficial, amounting primarily to variations of rhetoric and style.  Although great battles have been waged between the collectivist governments of different nations, these conflicts have been struggles over dominance rather than philosophy.  Ideologically, they remain similar, upholding the same argument that the rights of individuals are not intrinsic, but are dictated by the state.  By this thought, collectivism proposes a ruling class is needed to control the “masses” because people aren’t inherently good enough or smart enough to govern themselves based on the rule of law.  Therefore, at the heart of collectivist government rule is the assertion that an all-powerful central authority is necessary to forcefully regulate all human behavior.

This philosophy of unilateral government control stands in direct contradiction to the teachings of Christianity.  The Scripture teaches us that mankind was made in the image of his Creator, an individual being, separate, complete and whole.  God created mankind with an intrinsic right to freedom of will and equality.  According to Scripture, God doesn’t impose His will upon mankind but respects our freedom of choice.  Thus, the collectivist ideology, which grants government unilateral and coercive power to control society, is contemptuous toward mankind’s identity as a free and independent being.

The founding fathers understood these principles of Christianity.  They described it as “natural law” and wove it through the fabric of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.  In declaring independence from British rule, they rejected this subversive collectivist dogma and created the great American experiment.  For the first time in modern history, an entire nation was constituted on the principle of natural law and the idea that individual liberty could not be undermined by the coercive powers of the state.

The U.S. Constitution was written with the intent to define the role of government based on natural law not collectivism.  That role is to serve the interests of the American people by protecting their freedom, property, and life against violence.  America’s greatness does not lie in the power and reach of its government, but in the freedoms and rights of the people.  The true gift of our forefathers was the forging of a nation built on the revolutionary idea that empowering America’s sons and daughters with liberty and self-reliance was the true path to a just, peaceful, prosperous and enduring society.

Presidential nominee Ron Paul understands the constitution, Christianity, and the dangers of collectivism.  He firmly believes in the principles of individual liberty and has always fought to protect them.  Dr. Ron Paul will right our ship away from the pervasive collectivism in Washington and direct us back to our God given freedom and inalienable rights.  Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate that will take us back to our limited constitutional republic.

Special thanks for Thomas Tinsley for authoring this article.

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About Justin Machacek

Justin Machacek is a four-time Emmy award winning television producer, independent faith-based filmmaker, and promotional creative. He serves as the president of Reel Deal Productions, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas and as the Senior On Air Producer for one of the largest Christian media networks in the world. Justin has worked closely with many of the most prominent Christian ministries and faith-based media organizations in America, is a devout Christian, and active church attendee. As a long time Republican, Justin became very active in politics in the fall of 2011. His experience since then includes: a position on the National Advisory Board of Evangelicals for Ron Paul, being elected as State Delegate for the Texas GOP State Convention, being elected as an Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention, membership to the Republican Liberty Caucus, and recently a board position as Secretary for the Texas state chapter of the RLC. Justin is also active in local politics, Republican clubs, and legislative efforts.
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2 Responses to Collectivism vs Christianity and Natural Law

  1. Karl says:

    Feudalism was a system based on one man’s respect for another man’s rights, and vise versa. Although “serfs” are commonly maligned today, a serf was merely one who had rights to a specific piece of land; serfdom emerged as Roman slavery disappeared. It was a positive step in the development of human history, and it was not “collectivist,” as there was no state apparatus into which all people could be coerced. The peasants worked the land, paid their landlords rent, and were otherwise free to do as they pleased. The monarchs and nobles were merely the military commanders, who guarded Western Civilization from various onslaughts (Vikings, Mohammedans, etc). “Divine Right,” and other precepts of Grand Monarchy did not emerge until the Protestant Reformation, and replaced the more superior form of monarchy which had preceded it (Caroline Divines, etc). Other than that, nice article and good luck Dr. Paul.

  2. Tom says:

    Karl,
    Thanks for your comment, it’s always great to get feedback. Feudalism was included as an example of Collectivism because it possessed a key characteristic of Collectivist ideology: the idea that the right to liberty and equality are not intrinsic but dictated by a superimposed system of coercive authority.

    Feudalism was a class based society awarding superior rights to a small group of people due to imagined superiority of birth. Feudalism did lack a national coercion apparatus as you correctly point out, but the same coercive powers were held and used by Nobles against their peasant vassals. In this agrarian society, there was no greater power than the right to land ownership which was held by a rapacious group of elitists whose position of authority rested on the belief that they were born superior to the majority of those around them.

    Out of necessity for survival, peasants entered into labor agreements with land owners which basically amounted to indefinite servitude. These agreements were “mutual” and vassals possessed certain “rights,” but the rules always benefited the Lords who wielded broad and numerous powers over their peasant subjects reaching far beyond a landlord/tenant relationship.

    Ultimately, I feel that the main theme of Feudalism is not the decentralization of power and the creation of a mutually beneficial noble/vassal relationship. It’s about the metamorphosis in appearence of the ancient and enduring collectivist idea that some people were born with superior rights to others and therefore have the moral authority to control and exploit the rest of society. Though collectivism has altered its appearance throughout history, this common theme remains consistent.

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