Before delving into the facets of collectivism, we must first understand one of its most essential tenents; a belief that skews and warps the collectivist philosophy, making it a destructive force of imbalance. This belief is the almost religious conviction that man is born as a blank slate.

Collectivists believe that a humang being's nature is entirely determined by the environment into which he was born, that he is therefore a product, an amalgamation of its surroundings and experiences. Take these away and he becomes nothing, but an empty shell.

The problem with the blank slate theory is that it is entirely false.

Anyone who's had more than one child knows that kids come into the world with certain innate temperaments and talents. Even in the face of adverse conditions and hardship, every human being is his own product. He is born with an undiluted knowledge and he has the power to choose how he will discover it and what he will use it for. This type of individualism is a significant threat to collectivists.

In order for collectivist ideas to take hold in a society, people must first be convinced that they, themselves are empty. Collectivism requires man to be a piece of the whole, but not whole himself. People must be influenced to accept that it is the environment that determines their fate, and not their own will, and to believe that they need the environment that the system provides.

If a man does not need the system, why be a part of it at all ? Why conform to the chain of values that hold it together when the man derives his values and his meaning entirely from his own soul ?

In a world of individuals, collectivism falls apart. For a collectivist system to survive, it must breed out individualism.

This is the inevitable resuld of any society that prizes the needs of the many over the needs of the one.

[Source: Brandon Smith and Josh Ogden - Colectivism]