This past year, we began a new venture on our little farm: beekeeping. Bees are a wonderful addition to any homestead, as well as fascinating creatures with a complex social construct.
Most people know the basics about bees. The queen is surrounded by tens of thousands of worker bees whose collective efforts keep the hive going. When I took a beginning beekeeper’s class last spring, we were told individual worker bees have little value to the hive; it is the hive itself, as an “organism,” that is critical. In other words, we shouldn’t feel too bad if we accidentally squash a bee or two while working a hive, as long as the hive itself is healthy.
A bee will sacrifice herself, unhesitatingly and unquestioningly, to defend her hive and her queen. She cannot alter or question her fate. She simply exists to serve the needs of the collective.
In a hive, all resources are shared. Every bee receives whatever amount of honey she needs to survive. Her resource contributions are collected into a central food supply destined to benefit the collective. There’s no such thing as a rogue bee. An individual bee cannot benefit from her own labors. She cannot accumulate a wealth of honey and use it as currency to get other bees to work for her. She simply, mindlessly, works to contribute to the food stores of the hive itself. All is peaceful, all is ordered.
I have no doubt bees and other social insects were the basis for the Borg.
The Borg, for those who aren’t “Star Trek” fans, are “a collection of species that have turned into cybernetic organisms functioning as drones of the collective hive” (to quote Wikipedia). Their directive is ominous: “Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.”
Frankly, this sounds eerily like current progressive government policy.
[O]perate toward the fulfillment of one purpose: to “add the biological and technological distinctiveness of other species to ‘their’ own” in pursuit of “perfection.” The concept of perfection is the unifying idea at the core of the Borg. … This is achieved through forced assimilation, a process which takes individuals and technology, enhancing and controlling them.
Progressives also pursue “perfection” (see my previous column on the United Nations’ Global Goals for more detail). They seek to institute their version of Utopia where wealth is distributed equally regardless of effort or merit. Individual effort cannot be for individual gain; it must only benefit the whole.
In a perfect, progressive Utopian world, no individual could work toward his or her own good. Instead, their lives would be enslaved toward the good of the collective. All assets would be distributed evenly according to need. No one would suffer, no one would gain. How peaceful. How orderly.
But if we balk at this fate – if we cease to offer obeisance, refuse to yield suitable amounts of money proportionate to our income, or otherwise thumb our nose at the hive – we are labeled “domestic terrorists” and hunted down until we are either forcibly redeemed, deprived of property, incarcerated, or killed. Don’t believe me? Quit paying your taxes for a couple of years and see what happens.
But remember, individual workers are expendable. It’s the collective that’s important.
If there’s one thing the Borg detests, it’s rogue workers who can think for themselves and who question the ever-expanding role of the perfect “utopia” they’re attempting to enforce. The easiest way for the Borg to prevent such seditious thoughts is to seize children at a young age and force them into central indoctrination centers, where they are taught that any questioning of government mandates is subversive and wrong. Hitler demonstrated the effectiveness of these techniques.
Bees and the Borg do have one critical difference: Bees only want to be left alone. They don’t recruit or assimilate; they simply reproduce. When they get too crowded, they split and form two hives, and thus increase their growth.
The Borg, on the other hand, grows by forcible recruitment and compulsory, often violent, assimilation into the central organism.
Humans are sociable animals, but let’s face it, we are neither Borgs nor bees. We cannot (or should not) be mere workers enslaved for the good of the collective. In fact, ironically – and to progressives, counterintuitively – the best way for society in general to benefit is to leave individuals alone and allow them to keep the profits of their work. Why do you think America became the wealthy and generous industrial powerhouse it did? It rose to these heights by limiting the authority of the government (“collective”), which allowed individuals to keep the fruits of their labor and distribute it as they saw fit, not as the collective dictated.
Our early politicians understood this. Thomas Jefferson urged the government to “proceed as we have begun in substituting economy for taxation.”
Andrew Jackson stated, “There is no such provision as would authorize Congress to collect together the property of the country, under the name of revenue, for the purpose of dividing it equally or unequally among the states or the people. Indeed, it is not probable that such an idea ever occurred to the states when they adopted the Constitution.”
And Jackson clearly warned about what we are currently experiencing: “No people can hope to perpetuate their liberties who long acquiesce in a policy which taxes them for objects not necessary to the legitimate and real wants of their Government. … The practical effect of such an attempt must ever be to burden the people with taxes, not for the purposes beneficial to them, but to swell the profits of deposit banks and support a band of useless public officers. … There would soon be but one taxing power, and that vested in a body of men far removed from the people. … The states … would not dare to murmur at the proceedings of the General Government, lest they should lose their supplies; all would be merged in a practical consolidation, cemented by widespread corruption, which could only be eradicated by one of those bloody revolutions which occasionally overthrow the despotic systems of the Old World.”
Progressives see no value in autonomous individual citizens. They simply want workers for the hive.
Resistance may be futile, but I still refuse to assimilate.
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