The Individualist, The Altruist And The Call To Sacrifice

With the economy unraveling I’m sure that altruists, do-gooders and world-improvers will put out the call for sacrifice. They will claim “those that have must help those who need.” You know the old Karl Marx belief promoting communism–which never considers that needs are unlimited and resources are scarce. After all, we are suffering through a national economic crisis. It is a person’s patriotic duty to sacrifice for the common good. Since some intransigent individuals might believe they have the right to their life, liberty and property it is necessary that the “benefactors” of mankind enlist the help of their political hacks (politicians). The government must exercise its power of violent compulsion and coercion–forcing these intransigent individuals, these “enemies” of the state to comply.

The Altruist

The altruist pretends that he loves humanity. He is its benefactor. However he supports the anti-life social systems of socialism and government interventionism. Since it is evident that socialism has always slummed in the house of ill repute, he now concentrates most of his efforts on “improving” capitalism. He advocates massive interventions on the marketplace–fooling himself and tricking the hapless masses into believe these measures actually benefit them. Heck, his propaganda tactics are so effective that even capitalists, entrepreneurs and investors believe interventions in the form of bailouts are good for the economy. They, along with the masses, don’t realize that they are supporting the expropriation of their wealth.

Scratch an altruist and you discover that he actually hates the individual. Why else would he recommend policies and procedures that ruin the lives of many hard working, productive people. The altruist feeds off the negative emotions of needy people. He first attempts to devour the productive ones–although many are too hardy and resistant to succumb to his cannibalism–then he devours the very same people he claims he is helping. The individualist doesn’t need the altruist to survive and thrive. In fact the self-reliant individual sees the altruist for what he is–a parasite that lives off the efforts of productive people.

If you want to know why our economy is quickly crashing down–turning our once great nation into a wasteland–you don’t have to look very far. It is the anti-life philosophy of altruism–institutionalized as a political system–that caused the stinking, rotten mess.

You may vehemently protest my analysis of altruism–telling me that the altruist has good intentions–that he actually desires to help people. I could quote the old cliché’ “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” However I have a few questions. Since social altruism causes horrible consequences for all involved why does the altruist insist on meandering down the same ill-fated road? If he really loves human beings, why does he keep enforcing policies that destroy their lives? Why does he support the anti-life social systems of socialism and government interventionism? Why does he continually violate an individual’s life, liberty and property?

The Individualist

The individualist is the very person the world depends on for survival and progress. The individualist practices the philosophy of rational selfishness. He uses his reasoning abilities and the power of his intuition to take purposeful action to achieve his goals and desires. (By the way, feel free to substitute the word she for he.) He opposes the anti-life philosophy of altruism. He disdains irrational selfishness because he knows that it is self-defeating and quite often self-destructive. Since he believes in self-responsibility and self-reliance he supports the social system of Laissez faire (unhampered) capitalism.

Although the individualist uncompromisingly opposes social altruism he is benevolent in his dealings with others. He believes in trading value for value. He would never purposely violate another’s life, liberty and property. Of course, since he is human he makes some mistakes–but far fewer than the altruist or the irrationally selfish individual. The individualist possesses reasoning and intuitive powers to guide him.

The individualist is happy to offer a helping hand to those who can benefit from the relationship. This may surprise some–who accepting the propaganda of altruists–may think that the individualist is a selfish brute. This is a myth. However, he does oppose helping those who refuse to help themselves. He doesn’t believe in rendering people helpless by taking away their self-reliance. He knows that altruists, do-gooders and world-improvers have viciously destroyed the self-reliance and self-responsibility of millions upon millions of people. He believes that this is one of the greatest evils ever foisted on mankind.

Whether the individualist calls himself an atheist, a New Age metaphysician or practices some other spiritual discipline, he is at peace with the universe. You will never hear him cry and moan because he is alienated from reality or from God. He is connected to reality and is in harmony with his nature as a spiritual being having a physical experience.

He is goal oriented and works diligently to achieve his goals and desires. He is an optimistic person who overcomes the blocks and obstacles that come his way unbidden. Should he meet with temporary defeat he applies the wisdom of Napoleon Hill “Adversity has within it the seeds of an equivalent or greater benefit.” And most of all he experiences the joy of his existence and enjoys many of the Libertarian Pleasures life has to offer.

The Call to Sacrifice

There is no reason to think you are obligated to help people on a collective level. In reality there is no such thing as the “collective”. There are only individuals. All actions begin with the individual. Even when people are working together as a team–it is still the actions of individuals that determine the course of action and the results achieved.

It is fine to help people on an individual level. You decide what your values are and act accordingly. If helping someone corresponds to your value system then by all means do it. It will give you much pleasure. It may supply the person you help with great satisfaction. It is a value for value exchange.

When somebody tells you that you should do something for the benefit of the “collective” or for the good of “society’ they are conning you into to sacrificing your best interest for something that has no reality of its own. What they actually mean is: You are to sacrifice your best interest for mine.

Altruists in their roles as politicians and propaganda specialists will definitely put out the call to sacrifice–your sacrifice. Our current economic crisis is due to the greed and avarice of the political establishment and their favorite sons. They caused our economic calamity through easy Federal Reserve money, which is destroying years of the hard work and savings of the productive individual. I explain this process of wealth destructive in some of my other articles.

Resist their call to sacrifice. Live for that which is just and sublime. Reject all government intervention on the marketplace. Demand that we adopt the system of Laissez faire capitalism. And most of all–live for your own sake.

Robert A. Meyer has been investigating and studying economics, philosophy, psychology and metaphysics for 30 years. He realizes there are basic principles of Human Action that will help you become successful. His knowledge that life is to be lived on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level allowed him to discover “The Libertarian Way.” He experiences its many pleasures and ecstasies on a daily basis.

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