Collectivism is incompatible with western civilization

April 6, 2013 by History in a Hurry

Nazism is a repudiation of the whole past of western man. It is … a complete break with Reason, with Humanism, and with the Christian ethics that are at the basis of liberalism and democracy.

-Dorothy Thompson

What the famous WWII newspaper columnist Dorothy Thompson wrote about Nazism holds true for other collectivist ideologies. Collectivism is an affront to the Christian worldview that is at the heart of western civilization.

As the columnist and author Paul Craig Roberts wrote at Christmastime:

“In our culture the individual counts. This permits an individual person to put his or her foot down, to take a stand on principle, to become a reformer and to take on injustice.

This empowerment of the individual is unique to Western civilization. It has made the individual a citizen equal in rights to all other citizens, protected from tyrannical government by the rule of law and free speech. These achievements are the products of centuries of struggle, but they all flow from the teaching that God so values the individual’s soul that he sent his son to die so we might live. By so elevating the individual, Christianity gave him a voice.”

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