Funny how they always leave the important bit out…

From a Telegraph article about the moon landing:

In 1966, 20,000 different companies were working on Apollo. Different companies handled different parts of the job, which all had to operate in concert …


Kevin Fong points out one of the great contradictions of this, given the culture war between American democracy and Soviet communism, “This is all supposed to be about the capacity of the individual to succeed against the communist ideal of collectivism, but actually Apollo is almost the greatest symbol of collective endeavour that America has ever had.”

This isn’t right. Communism is about forced collectivism. A free society involves voluntary collectivism. Or voluntary individualism. Either is fine in a free society. The point is the voluntary versus forced bit, not collectivism versus individualism. This is a mistake that writers and intellectuals and members of the great and the good make time and time again. Something in their mind, some residual attraction to Communism, some half-conscious hostility to the idea of freedom for everyone, some latent desire to be in charge of writing the rules, prevents them from ever acknowledging, or at least presenting, the matter clearly and accurately, so they end up repeating the lie that collective action is not part of freedom.

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3 thoughts on “Funny how they always leave the important bit out…

  1. This reminds me of Thomas Sowell’s comment that, if communism means a managed economy, that does not make capitalism unmanaged. It is managed, but by individuals, families and firms rather than by the government.

  2. Its like the famous ‘who controls the bread supply to London’ comment by some visiting Communist. There being no such person of course, as all the people in the supply chain worked entirely independently. Yet from farmer (who might be on another a continent) to checkout girl, they were all working together to supply the city’s bread needs.

  3. If we could get a critical mass of people to learn this, plus “value is subjective”, then we’d well be on the road to recovery.

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