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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Liberalism Is Dead - Democrats Now Push Collectivism

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: The old designation of "Liberalism" can no longer apply to this post-Obama political age. The truth is, the Democrats haven't advocated Liberalism in a long time. Today, their party can best be described as "Collectivist," wherein the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one, and the collective community is far more important than the individual.
Collectivism is a term used to describe any moral, political, or social outlook, that stresses human interdependence and the importance of a collective, rather than the importance of separate individuals. Collectivists focus on community and society, and seek to give priority to group goals over individual goals. The philosophical underpinnings of collectivism are for some related to holism or organicism - the view that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts/pieces. Specifically, a society as a whole can be seen as having more meaning or value than the separate individuals that make up that society. Collectivism is widely seen as being opposed to individualism. Notably these views are sometimes combined in systems.

source - Wikipedia
So from now on 'The Catholic Knight' will no longer refer to the Democrats, and those who support them, as Liberals. The term "Collectivist" is far more descriptive and accurate. So from now on, that is what I'll use.

For the record, the Catholic Church does have an official position on Collectivism. As the form of governance advocated by the Catholic Church is called "subsidiarity," and it directly opposes collectivism.....
1883 Socialization also presents dangers. Excessive intervention by the state can threaten personal freedom and initiative. The teaching of the Church has elaborated the principle of subsidiarity, according to which "a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to co-ordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good."

1885 The principle of subsidiarity is opposed to all forms of collectivism. It sets limits for state intervention. It aims at harmonizing the relationships between individuals and societies. It tends toward the establishment of true international order.

source - Catechism of the Catholic Church

2425 The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modem times with "communism" or "socialism." She has likewise refused to accept, in the practice of "capitalism," individualism and the absolute primacy of the law of the marketplace over human labor. Regulating the economy solely by centralized planning perverts the basis of social bonds; regulating it solely by the law of the marketplace fails social justice, for "there are many human needs which cannot be satisfied by the market." Reasonable regulation of the marketplace and economic initiatives, in keeping with a just hierarchy of values and a view to the common good, is to be commended.

source - Catechism of the Catholic Church