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It's been pointed out before that the US suffers politically from Multiple Personality Disorder: it has a socialist public welfare policy, a fascist economic policy and an imperialist foreign policy.

Now we're told it also has a Marxist public health policy and a Nazi gun policy.

These latter observations come from back-to-back articles in the December 17, 2013 issue of The Lighthouse Newsletter from The Independent Institute.

In article 1, "From Obamacare to Marx," Independent Institute Communications Counsel K. Lloyd Billingsley is quoted as saying "Obamacare follows a principle beloved of Karl Marx and other socialist founding fathers: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

But the president, he notes, is only half-Marxist, succeeding with the "from each" clause but failing in the "to each" part because "Millions who thought their insurance policies met their needs have been dropped by their insurers, and millions more will follow."

Billingsley also points out that Obamacare also "violates the principal precept of medical ethics," that being: "First do no harm."

The second article, "Halbrook on Nazi Gun Control" introduces Independent Institute Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook's new book "Gun Control in the Third Reich."

In it we're told that American proponents of gun registration legislation in the late 1960s "said they actually had commissioned a Library of Congress study saying there was no use of gun registration lists by the Nazis."

Halbrook then refutes that contention by stating "When (the Nazis) took power in 1933, they immediately used the (gun registration) records to disarm political enemies."

On its surface this appears to quixotically equate American progressives who love Obamacare with Marxists and those same progressives who love gun registration with Nazis.

But there's really nothing quixotic about it.

Marxism and Nazism are just variations of the same collectivist mindset, as are those other aforementioned American Multiple Personality afflictions: socialism, fascism, imperialism and all other forms of groupthink including communism.

The only legitimate alternative to collectivism is individualism, which takes various forms such as voluntaryism, agorism, laissez-faire free markets, anarcho-capitalism (properly defined) and similar forms of libertarian thought.

Yet individualism and collectivism don't conflict if both are always freely entered into and exited from as a matter of individual choice by everyone involved.

Which means the truly ultimate choice is between self-ownership and ownership by others; freedom vs. slavery, liberty vs. compulsion, I vs. we.

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