The barn was raised and after a night of social gathering and dancing come the next morn and the people began to return to their homes in a scattered manner. A man stopped near grandpa, looked at the barn and then said with a hint of pride in his voice,
“Tis a fine barn that was built, one that will remain standing long after the chickens come home to roost, don”t you think?” He then reached down his hand to grandpa.
Grandpa reached up his hand and shook the hand of the man and said,
“ That it be, that it be.”
After the man rode off grandpa looked down at me and said,
“ This be your first barn raising event, boy. This is what collective action can result in when a man finds himself in a situation where the help of the community would be a blessing. But if you have been a watching and listening as I instructed you to do you will be able to tell me what was the difference between this and the collective action that the progressives would say was necessary. In other words, boy, what did you learn in these past few days??”
Grandpa caught me off guard with his question and I had to think a few minutes before I responded with these words,
“I learned that individuals will act voluntarily and in a collective manner when they know that another individual is in need of help. Each and every person who came to this barn raising came because they were invited to help and each of them would still have stayed and helped even if no one else had come. The reason being is that each of them wanted to help. That is the difference between a collectivist and an individualist.
The collectivist thinks that people need to be forced to aid those in need and believe that the government is the moral way to do it. The individualist believes that people will help voluntarily when people are in need and that the use of force, regardless of source, is an immoral means of aid.”
Grandpa just smiled at me as he said,
“Boy, we have two cases in recent weeks that illustrate the destructive mindset of collectivism. The first be the Zimmerman/Martin case and how the public reacted to it in a collective manner. The second case involved how two men beat a third man as a result of this mindset. The excuse given for the beating and that is all that it can be called, an excuse,
After being arrested, Hayes told police he was upset by the Trayvon Martin case and beat the man up because he was white, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said, citing court records.