By Paul Dowling
Three Quotes by Ayn Rand:
“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.”  —Ayn Rand
“An individualist is a man who recognizes the inalienable individual rights of man—his own and those of others.”  —Ayn Rand
“There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism—by vote.  It is merely the difference between murder and suicide.”  —Ayn Rand
Socialism versus Individualism
Socialism demands the submission of the individual to the majority; one must give up one’s individual rights and submit to the will of the Collective.  Individualism claims that every individual is free to pursue happiness in his own way; the majority must allow every individual the right to express himself freely in accordance with his Natural Rights.
Socialism prescribes outcomes, not allowing anyone to excel beyond a certain limit without the express permission of the State, or the Party.  Everyone must receive equal rewards, no matter how much one works, since no one is allowed self-determination in how much one may achieve or earn by hard work—unless, of course, the State has endowed one with special privileges earned by sacrifice to the State, or the Party.  This is totalitarianism.  No one’s fortune is independent of government and constantly depends on remaining on good terms with the Party, lest one’s wealth be confiscated.  Socialism eventually fails, since the equal reward of both maximum and minimum effort drives people to do as little as possible and to produce as little as possible.  Thus, totalitarianism results in scarcity of vital goods and services, ultimately causing death and lack.
Individualism recognizes that all people are free to create their own lives as they see them, to choose freely how hard they will work and, therefore, how much they might earn; outcomes may vary, since nobody is coerced into doing more work, but everyone is seen as rich in freedom; some have just chosen to be richer in time while others have chosen to be richer in money.  This is liberty.  Anyone who works hard and saves money can ultimately earn financial freedom, for retaining wealth does not depend on political affiliation or loyalty to the State, since politically targeted confiscation of wealth is not an option for the government, or for any political party.  Individualism allows hard workers and risk takers to earn enough money that they can choose to expand their wealth-creating enterprises by hiring more workers in order to multiply their own wealth; but, by doing so, they create wealth for others in the process, enabling those people to feed themselves and their family members; this means little or no dependence on the State, since freedom encourages others to work harder for better pay and better jobs, creating more financial independence and more abundance, making the economic pie ever bigger.  Thus, a free people can create the conditions for prosperity that continuously work to increase life and abundance.
The Socialist We
When Socialists use the pronoun we, they use it forcefully, like this: We are the collective in lockstep with each other and, as the majority, we may control what the minority can and cannot do.  If we be not yet in the majority, we should be and we will rein in the minority once we do obtain power, by right of the preëminence of the collective State.  [Think National Socialists—Nazis—just before Hitler was able to pass the Enabling Act and assume ultimate power to change Germans’ rights into privileges dependent on maintaining good terms with Hitler and his National Socialists.]  In Socialism, we worship the State, and the political leader of the country is its High Priest.  The government is the repository of all the rights of the Collective, and individuals have only the privileges awarded them by the government on behalf of the Collective.  Individuals are treated differently, not the same, under the law, having different privileges from one another, based upon the political determinations of those in charge.  All privileges are “may issue.”  They are withheld from most people and given only to those who most ardently serve the State, often sacrificing Self and betraying Family to earn those privileges.
In Socialism, we are the people who deserve the most privileges, because we conform to the ideal put forward by the High Priest of the State, or the Party, who subjectively appeals to the emotions of the Collective, and we demand that others think and behave as we do; we are the Prescribers of groupthink and lockstep and the Punishers of individualthink and nonconformance.  There is one collectivist principle that guides the State: the principle of submission to the Collective of each and every individual, if not by choice, then by force.  As Socialists we believe that the principle formulated by Mussolini is eternally true: “Everything in the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State.”
The Individualist We
When Individualists use the word we, the psychology is more inclusive in nature: We refer to a group of  free individuals who have chosen to include themselves voluntarily with one another, and it does not matter whether we be in the majority or the minority, because we think that we—and you, and they—all have the same Natural Rights.  If we be in the majority, we strive to remain sensitive to the minority, so as not to infringe anyone else’s rights, for we believe that freedom for all is more important than rule by the majority.  Individualists will even help those in the minority to understand their rights and how best to exercise and maintain them.  Individualists believe Natural Rights are at the center of all things, putting individuals—not the State—in charge of their lives, by right.  In place of a High Priest of the Collective, there is a Constitution that creates a government of laws, not of men.  This is what allows a land of free individuals to exist who are served by the government, and not the other way around.  All individuals are treated with Equal Protection under the law, all having the same rights of Due Process and all being entitled to the same Constitutional protections.  Rights are objectively described; therefore, justice reigns.  Subjectivity and emotionalism are subordinated to the text of objective law, so that equal justice is dispensed to every individual.  Rights are “shall issue.”  They are given to every individual in equal measure.  Everyone receives the same rights, whether they be exemplary citizens or not, whether their family members be pillars of the community or not.
In Individualism, we the people agree that we all deserve the same Natural Rights, because we believe in objective moral standards, reflected in the supreme law of the land, that allow all people to be free, whether we be in the majority or the minority.  We claim that all people possess the right to express their individual differences; we are the Prizers of individual freedom and creativity, and the Rewarders of initiative and imagination.  There is one set of objective principles that govern all people, bestowing upon We the People the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.  But as Individualists, we believe that what Louis D. Brandeis once said is true: “The most important political office is that of the private citizen.”
Who Is Paul Dowling?
Paul Dowling is an American patriot whose mission in life is to educate and enlighten his fellow citizens about the correct principles for facilitating a life of freedom and a culture based upon the Golden Rule, as well as to do whatever is in his power to help protect his countrymen from their government.  Paul believes that individual freedom is more important than majority rule and, therefore, values the fact that America was not founded as a democracy, but as a republic.  (In fact, the word “democracy” is nowhere to be found within the text of the US Constitution.)  Paul has written a book on the Constitution, explaining the republican values on which it is based and how they protect individuals and minorities from the dangers of a naïve majoritarian system of governance that could easily lead to oppression, and even persecution, of unpopular political voices.  The book is called Keeping a Free Republic: Learning the Blueprint for Liberty in the Constitution & the Bill of Rights.  It is on sale at Amazon, for $6.25 in paperback and $0.99 as a Kindle download.   (Click here to find the book at Amazon: