Mary Leedom

Property Rights

York County Board of Superisors quote - Karl Marx…..
From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.

History calls those men the greatest who have ennobled themselves by working for the common good; experience acclaims as happiest the man who has made the greatest number of people happy.
Marx, Letter to His Father (1837)

The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.
Karl Marx

Collectivists believe that the needs of the many outweigh the rights of the individual.(1)
Basically, the idea is flawed because the collective is made up of individuals. If you take away individualism for the sake of the collective, you are defeating your own purpose (unless your purpose is to control / destroy humanity).

In a Constitutional Representative Republic, every individual has equal right of self-determination. But in a democracy, the mob will rule over the minority and the masses have the power to take away individual rights for the “greater good” of the collective community. This is also known as socialism and in its extreme, communism (2)

“collective good,” sometimes called a “common good,” can refer to several different concepts. Most often, a collective good is a specific good that is beneficial for most/all of its members; this is the same definition given for philosophy, ethics, and political science. (3)

Marx and his coauthor, Friedrich Engels, begin The Communist Manifesto with the famous and provocative statement that the “history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggle.” They argue that all changes in the shape of society, in political institutions, in history itself, are driven by a process of collective struggle on the part of groups of people with similar economic situations in order to realize their material or economic interests.

The foundation for Marx’s worldview begins with the belief that humanity is God. With that notion in place, people, not our Creator, determine what is fundamentally right and fundamentally wrong. Further, Marx asserts that the greatest expression of human wisdom is “the collective”: individual rights are not granted to an individual by God, but from the collective and those in charge. With the collective in charge of granting rights, they are also in a position to take those individual rights away. The individual is subservient to the society around him – hence the term “Socialism”.

Those determinations are made by the “collective,” by the mobs of the masses and it is sheer evil.

In Nazi Germany, the USSR, and virtually every example of mass genocide by a ruling class against its population that has ever taken place in history, straight back to the Mayans. These are extreme examples of collectivism being used as a justification for horrible deeds.(4)



By J.B. Williams December 10, 2011

3)You can find more at:


1)The Death of the Individual
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