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    Two Visions of America by Don Jans

    Are We in the Final Days of the Transformation?



    By Don Jans

    The United States has been in one stage or another of being transformed from the individualist principles upon which it was founded to the collectivist principles that have been the driving force behind the transformation movement. Those of you who have read my writings over the years know that I have discussed individualism and collectivism frequently. I have written a book on the topic which is “The Road to Tyranny, Individualism to Collectivism”. I have defined these concepts many times in many different ways. A simple explanation is that individualism celebrates the individual understanding that as individuals we have the freedom and liberty to seek our dreams. The role of government is to protect the rights for all and is to have no ability to limit these rights. Collectivism states that the good of the collective should be paramount, and the collective must have total control over the actions of all so that the aspirations of individuals to not violate what is called the good of the community. The role of government is to control rights and liberties and maintain a totally conforming and totally equal society.

    The United States Constitution was written for the purpose of protecting the citizen from the tyranny of government or the collective. The transformation movement believes the purpose of government is to be the sovereign and people are to serve the wishes or demands of the government because that is what is best for all. The goal of the transformation movement is to place the people as the servants of the government as opposed to the intent of our Constitution which is to have the government serve the wishes and needs of the people. Our founding principles were based on the concept that less government is better government, while the transformation movement believes more government is always better.

    The proper role of government has been debated form perhaps the beginning of time, is the citizen the sovereign or the servant. Throughout most of history, it was widely accepted that people were incapable of governing themselves and some form of controlling government or sovereign government prevailed. In the 18th century a group of people living in what was referred to as the New World conceived of an idea that government should be the servant and the people should be the sovereign. The United States of America was born based on that premise or the premise of individualism.

    Those who opposed and oppose this ideal of individualism, have been seeking to change the American society. These people generally refer to this movement as a transformation. The purpose of the transformation is to place the government as the sovereign with the people as the servant, adhering to the demands of the government. Any government is comprised of people, and the collectivist says that these people in government, the bureaucrats who are schooled in maintaining control, technocrats who are technical experts in the different functions of government, and experts who have been schooled in different facets of functions performed by government will control how all the others will live their lives and how all the others will think.

    The collectivist has understood that the proposed transformation could take a long time with many ups and downs. The dedicated collectivist did study how others who strove to gain government power for the good of the people, accomplished their goal. What they learned is that control of the education system must be absolute. This is critical because the education system must become a system of indoctrination assuring that the beliefs and values of the people become the values mandated by the state and not be the values of parents or the church.

    The collectivist also quickly understood that the owners of all arms must be known by the state so that when the time came, any and all arms could be confiscated. An honored collectivist, Vladimir Lenin told his comrades that one person with a gun could control a hundred without a gun.

    The collectivist also understood that liberties and rights must be limited and controlled. Rights and liberties included those rights and liberties specifically named in the 1st Amendment of the Untied States Constitution, religion, speech, and assembly. These liberties could be controlled over time through the indoctrination of the youth in the school system and they could be controlled by implementing the necessary tool of political correctness where huge numbers of people will adjust to the demanded censorship so they would be considered a part of the accepted class.

    The collectivist also understood the necessity of a great propaganda system where telling lies often enough would become the truth, where using plausible denial would be considered proof of no wrongdoing, and where manufacturing lies about individualists who oppose the collectivist movement would be accepted as irrefutable truth. A critical element to bring about this transformation would be to manipulate any incident that could be twisted to bring about the desired ends of total government control must be promoted and manipulated to bring about the desired effect.

    Perhaps the most critical strategy to complete the transformation is to centralize all economic and social aspects of the society in a central government where the proper bureaucrats, technocrats, and experts are already in place to complete the transformation. Even though the United States Constitution extends no lawmaking power or judicial power to any bureaucrat, technocrat, or expert, the collectivist understands that legal authority is inconsequential, and that assumed power becomes the prevailing power.

    In today’s America, the bureaucrats, the technocrats, the experts, those in power in the three branches of government, and the media support having a sovereign government. They support a full and complete transformation of our individualist nation to a collectivist nation. They support people accepting what they consider to be the proper role of the people, servants to a sovereign government. In order to reverse this transformation, all individualists in our nation will have to become as dedicated to that movement as were the Americans in the 18th century. These people, these Americans, were willing to sacrifice life and fortune to live as individuals free from the tyranny of government. Are the Americans of the 21st century as committed to individual freedom and liberty, or are these modern-day Americans willing to accept the role of servant for the good of the collective?

    The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Citizens Journal.

    Don Jans is a national acclaimed author and speaker.  He is also a lifelong student of history, with a special emphasis on Russian history.  His study of Russian history led to 1917 which led to the study of the teachings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.  Don has written five books on the topic of Collectivism (Marxism, Communism, Socialism, Fascism, and Progressivism). 

    Don has been a guest on numerous nationally and regionally broadcast radio programs.  He is a weekly guest on a nationally broadcast radio program where he discusses collectivism and how it is impacting the United States, relating current happenings to the collectivist agenda.

    Don has spoken to numerous groups across the nation on the topic of who and what is the United States and who and what is collectivism. The collectivist movement has called for a transformation of the United States. What is critical for all to understand is what is the transformation; what are we now and into what will we be transformed.  

    Don’s speaking approach is the same as his writing approach, and that is to be direct and straight forward with no regard for the current mandated approach of political correctness. 

    Samuel Adams said, “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” If we are to remain free, we must be about setting brushfires of freedom. Visit his website:

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