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John Goodwin (Mailbag, Feb. 12) uses a conveniently narrow definition of collectivism to deny being a collectivist. Oxford Dictionary accurately defines collectivism as: “The practice or principle of giving a group priority over each individual in it.” (Collectivism is anti-individualism.) JG is unquestionably a collectivist because he favors forcing individuals to act against their own best interests to serve supposed societal interests, and he harps about further morphing our nation into a collectivist, Scandinavian-style utopia.

JG seems to believe that individuals have no inviolable rights beyond the reach of a democratic majority. According to him, those of us who believe we have a right to be left alone are deluded. Furthermore, he wants us to believe that the brilliant Founders of our nation shared his despicable worldview. They certainly did not; that’s why they so carefully crafted our Constitution to only allow our government to wield specific powers. Our wonderful Constitution is now being thoroughly subverted through the evil efforts of progressives/collectivists; the Founders are rolling in their graves.

In my Dec. 18 letter, I presented proof that “the only legitimate purpose of government is to protect our liberty” (https://bit.ly/2TRSxE8). JG could have tried to counter my logic, but he chose to repeatedly ignore it. In his recent letter he even outrageously denies its very existence! To counter it, he needs to explain why the common-sense rules of human interaction should no longer apply once a government has been established. He will be able to do this when pigs fly!

Richard Hirschi

Albany (Feb. 13)

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