Nationalism vs. Individualism: Why we need more individualism

Nationalism vs. Individualism: Why we need more individualism

Nationalism vs. Individualism: Why we need more individualism
November 08
11:50 2017

As the United States has become the most powerful nation in the world; the ideals of nationalism and individualism have been working against each other. With the government expanding into every aspect of one’s life, there is a growing need for the debate between nationalism and individualism to be evident.

Nationalism is putting the country and society’s needs before one’s own self. That your rights are granted to you by the governing peoples through laws and decrees. That citizens must be taxed, signed up for the draft (if male), and pay many fines and dues for licenses/permits and that one never truly owns land as they lease it from the government through property taxes.

Individualism is the idea that a person owns their own life and may choose to live it as one sees fit. The idea that the individual is a sovereign being that is free from oppression and control and granted the right to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness. These are the ideas described in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

However, to live as an individual away from society is illegal in the United States and can end with you being locked in a cage for tax evasion.

The interpretation of nationalism in the United States is one where a citizen owns his or her life to the government. When turning 18, males must register in the war draft or be subject to arrest. One must file for taxes or be subject to arrest. There are certain parts of government that we need to survive as a nation.

We need defense, but we don’t need to spend $598 billion a year, which is 54% of our budget. The United States government spends more on military than the next seven highest spenders combined; China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United Kingdom, India, France, and Japan. The United States Empire is supported by 800 military bases in more than 70 countries.

The government’s reach doesn’t stop at the military though.

The government has been working to control every aspect of citizens’ lives to get a better grip on the nation. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the National Security Agency of the United States “engaged in massive, illegal dragnet surveillance of the domestic communications and communications records of millions of ordinary Americans since at least 2001.” Individuals that have no probable cause for their privacy being voided is very worrisome to our freedom and liberty as sovereign beings.

The government has grown to become such a powerful entity and has a monopoly on the power overbearing its citizens. People like to call the United States a democracy, but it is a republic. The people do not vote on the issues of the nation, they vote for representatives. These representatives are heavily funded by corporations to get elected and far too often become bound to them.

America must return to its founding values of life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness in that one chooses where their tax money goes and chooses to fund or not fund things. One where people are actually educated on their taxes and their duties as a citizen.

But individuals who do not want to reap the benefits of modern society should not be forced at gunpoint to do so. Each person should be able to choose what they pay for and use it at their discretion.

Individualism should be a basic right of humanity.

A basic right that, as long as one is not affecting someone else negatively, they may live their life as they choose. With the rise of President Donald Trump and the United States Empire’s growing shift toward nationalism, it is essential that we work to retain our rights as individual free human beings.

Featured illustration by Max Raign 

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