Billy Beck explains in gentler philosophical terms the “shove it up your ass” rebuke to collectivizers by individualists that made America a nation of independent, acquisitive, castle-dwelling individual persons who changed the course of the river of history:
I also categorically reject the positive communist assertion that my life is available to their “camping trip” fantasies. I am not interested to “enjoy community” with anyone else at all except on my own terms and in action after my own values. The reciprocal of the principle is that I do not expect anyone else to live my values. Every individual human being holds sole responsibility for and authority over his or her own life, without any arbitrary assertions of “community” by others or their political ramifications, which in the case of socialism include force: the denial of individuals’ right to act on their own judgment.
The answer to Cohen’s question is as simple as his metaphor:
It’s because I don’t want to go camping with you, and — being an American and knowing what freedom is — I don’t have to.
I would add that the only communal unit that really counts in America is the one that the collectivists most urgently seek to obliterate: the family. That’s the place where individuals get the training they need to be scaled-up for the rigorous demands of being an American. And it’s the place that when you go there, they have to take you in, if the bonds of sentiment and love have been properly strung.
So, in America, family and freedom are inextricably woven as the fabric. The statists are sick with, you guessed it, the state, which they want to be their instrument of wish fulfillment. Look at the condition of the black family in America to see what happens as the state moves into lives like the drug that it is. It’s the future for everyone, unless it is stopped.
I could go on from there, but hit the link and read the rest of the maestro’s post.