Live in the collective and forget who you are



By Jon Rappoport

November 26, 2012


We are now told it’s selfish and greedy to promote freedom for the individual. It’s old-fashioned. It’s passe. It’s dangerous. It’s nothing more than a ruse floated by the rich to hold down the poor.


Forget about the fact that the next Einstein or Tesla, growing up in what has become a collectivist society, could be slammed with Ritalin, Prozac, and even heavier drugs—because they’re “abnormal.”


Some day, when America has been forgotten, an anthropologist will write a celebrated history of this country, and it’ll be all about cultural trends and group customs, and no one will even remember there was such an idea as The Individual.


By that time, the population of what was once the United States will live in a theocracy dedicated to Mother Earth, and every day for half an hour, the people will kneel and pray, together, from coast to coast, for mercy from this Mother.


And the people will be happy doing it—such as they understand happiness. They will glorify The Group. They will live under the great dome of the Flying Drones and they will rejoice in their solidarity.


They will willingly submit to all forms of surveillance, because it is in the interest of the Whole, the collective, the mass. After all, who would depart from the rules and sentiments of The Group? Only the outcasts. Only those bitter clingers who still believe they are unique individuals and have desires and power. Who needs them? Who wants them? They’re primitive throwbacks. They’re sick and they need treatment.


Be grateful you’re living in the time of the great transition. If you look, you can see the changes taking place right in front of your own eyes. You can see The Individual fading out as a concept. You can see its replacement—the group and its needs—coming on strong. You can know where we’re heading.


One day, you’ll be able to tell your grandchildren there was once a time when there was a completely different conception of existence, and you’ll be able to regale them with stories of the impossible. Stories of individuals.


Of course, they won’t believe you. They won’t be able to fathom what in the world you’re talking about. But that doesn’t matter. They’ll listen in rapt wonder, just as we now admiringly contemplate tales of strange creatures and mountain gods of the ancient Greeks.


It’ll be fun to look back on our time.


Don’t worry. It doesn’t matter. History is merely an anthropological catalog of trends, a series of customs. We pass from one epoch to another. What was true and important in one time becomes meaningless later.


Just “come together for the great healing.” That’s all you need to think about now. It’ll all work out. And if it doesn’t, you won’t remember the failure anyway.


Coda: What’s that? I can’t hear you. Speak a little louder. Oh…I see. You’re saying we the people are getting ripped off by our leaders and their secret controllers. Yes. Well, sure, that’s true.


And yes…if we all came together perhaps we could throw off these controllers and assert our independence once again. Yes.


But then I ask you this:


After we’ve won the great battle, what do we do next? Do we parade around, from town to town, from city to city, a hundred million of us, a great caravan, extolling our group victory? Is that what we do for the rest of eternity?


Or did we fight and win the great battle for another reason?


Did we perhaps fight and win so we could reestablish the individual as the basis and the object of freedom?


Wasn’t that really the reason we were in this fight?


Or are you already too humble and progressive and submissive and enlightened to think so?


If you’re going to fight and fight to win, it helps to know why you’re in the battle, why you’re really in it.


Jon Rappoport

The author of an explosive collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at

3 comments on “Live in the collective and forget who you are

  1. Vic Sadot says:

    Please cite some sources for what made you write this, Jon. As far as I can see the prevailing ideology of the American corporate culture and political “two party system” is to celebrate that an individual can overcome all obstacles. A Black Man can become President of the USA! Of course, the words of John Lennon should come to mind, “But first you must learn how to smile as you kill. If you wan to be like the folks on the hill”. When the Woman’s Liberation Movement was taken over by Gloria Steinem & Associates, Inc. with a million bucks from Coca Cola and a million bucks from Warner Brothers (laundered? lol), it quickly dropped the word “Liberation” and all the idealistic rhetoric about “the rising of the women will be the rising of us all” to instead “struggle” for “Individual” women to get places in the Corporate hierarchy next to their upper class male peers.

    I’m a new reader to this blog and was drawn here by the writings about possible vote fraud in the corporate “victory” of Prop 37 to label Genetically Modified Organism foods (GMO). Good stuff!

    Rest assured that American corporate “culture” will continue to centrally celebrate the “individual” and not “we the people” acting together for the benefit of all nor for the well-being of the Earth as a livable eco-system. The “collectivist” mentality that you speak of is not clear and needs more definition. The use of the UN for humanitarian military invasions and occupations such as in Haiti and Ivory Coast would be a good place to attack a more nuanced expression of “collectivism” which has a tiny minority’s interest as its real concern. Telling us more about what sparked this writing would be good to hear, particularly as a new reader re-posting your posts on GMO. Thanks, Jon!

  2. Orson says:

    Are collectivism and individuality necessarily mutually exclusive? You can have gradations of collectivity. The French are some fiercely individualistic folks. I remember shopping in a grocery store in Paris. The checker sits on a high stool, slings a shopping bag at you to fill yourself, doesn’t say thanks and doesn’t make eye contact with you. They don’t play the game. They don’t try to please the employer any more than they have to, and they’ll take to the streets at the drop of a benefit. They do this because they know in their gut that rulers are sociopaths and psychopaths, and that the rulers will take as much of the wealth that the community can produce that they can smoothly get away with. They know that being a street sweeper is just as important as being any damned thing else in society. They’ll fight and break things, and when the battle is over, they go back to their private selves.

    While the media tells of how our representatives are wringing their hands over the so-called “fiscal cliff”, the high cost of health care (yes, bogus care), the necessity of closing schools, foreclosing on homes, screwing old people out of a relaxed retirement – the power elite is blowing up trillions on phony wars, “losing” trillions of, yes, the peoples money. Enough wealth is wasted on war, on speculation, on the phony Federal Reserve, on incarcerations, on the holding back of technologies etc – to take care of the needs of people for a century into the future.

    Demonizing Collectivism is a red herring, just as the Cold War was a red herring. If you don’t kick in with your neighbor to get some justice and equity, the sociopaths and psychopaths will kill you. They will kill you, slowly or quickly. The Right elitists, including the Democrats, the ruling class, has used the Chimera of the so-called Individual to pump up the ego of unsuspecting people to let down their guard and go it alone, so they can easily be manipulated and de-balled. “Look at me. I can rub shoulders with the likes of Donald Trump because I sold a piece of property in Santa Monica. Screw you little guys.” Of course, swamping the people in triviality helps too. Get them as satiated as possible, and sick and fat as possible. And the Power of Positive Thinking and the Secret are also insidious side tracks into inane metaphysics, more ploys to siphon off the peoples energy into impotence.

    Having said the above, I don’t think there is much hope for some constructive collectivism in this country. When we let the killers get away with the Kennedy assassination, that was a signal to the rogue military/intelligence cabal that they could get away with anything. Thus 911. Europeans got hit hard in two wars. They’re cranky and suspicious and unpredictable. Americans are divided against themselves, just the way they need to be to be useless on their own behalf. Americans have painted themselves into an existentialist corner of their own making – with help – and the only way out may be chaotic violence

  3. Anonymous says:

    Have you written an article on who you propose the “secret controllers” to be and their methods?

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