Moore: Collectivism Has Taken Over

Collectivism has infected American culture, Russell Moore argues.

When I was a high school student, I always had some perceived grievance with school in general.

I didn’t like it. I saw school as an affront to my individuality. 

Like many other young men, I didn’t like being told what to do. Being told what to think infuriated me even more. This information I was being taught, when would I use it in the future, I wondered. 

So I rebelled. I would often cut classes. When I went to class, I was inattentive. The subjugation of my unique human spirit stifled my childhood adolescence. Did the other students really like being told to sit down, shut up, and regurgitate the information being thrown at them? I couldn’t tell. 

Children as Pawns, Not Protesters

So I did the bare minimum. I have vivid memories of calculating what minimum score I would need on the final exam of whatever math subject I took in my Freshman year of high school. This was important, because if I failed the class, I’d have to spend more time in school during the summer. That would have been Hell on earth. 

When i cut classes, I was always punished. At a bare minimum, I would get detention. Other times, I would get suspended. That sounds like a good thing, since I didn’t want to be confined in school following orders anyways. But the punishments I received at home actually outweighed the pain of being at school. 

So you can imagine my confusion. Adults praise these students for walking out of school in an attempt to infringe on people’s second amendment rights. Instead of teaching students that protest is hard, and that there are consequences, they’re treated as pawns in a game. They’re sheep.  

A Generation of Sheeple, Not People

Don’t get me wrong: I’ve never been a gun guy. I’ve never owned a gun, and I never intend to. My friends have asked me to go to the gun range with them. I’ve always declined. Firing a weapon is just something I’ve never had any interest in. 

Americans behave like sheep, Russ Moore warns.

What I do care about are people’s rights. 

Why are we talking about banning weapons from law abiding citizens? Why should responsible gun owners be punished due to the actions of deranged people? 

Law enforcement had countless warnings about this madman that perpetrated this horrific school shooting. Yet they failed to act. 

Yet none of the students who blew off school on Wednesday complained about law enforcement’s blunders. Nope. They’re only seeking gun control. The same goes for the Broward County students who survived the massacre. 

The message is clear: authority is never the problem. Too much freedom is always the problem.

And what message does it send that students are allowed to protest, but only for politically correct, pre-approved causes? 

Why wasn’t my complaints about school–that it stifled creativity and thinking–heeded when I would cut classes as a youngster? It must be because 1) I was only one person and 2) my views weren’t pre-approved by the powers that ruled. 

Does Freedom Matter Anymore?

I get it. Individualism is out of style in America. That yearning, which made us the best nation in the history of the world, is being replaced by a worship of collectivism. 

There are politically correct thought police everywhere. Things aren’t as bad here as they are in “Great” Britain, where they ban people for simply harboring right-wing ideas. But we’ll get there soon enough. 

In America, the individual is slowly becoming unimportant. The collective, the groupthink, which is manipulated by the media and the internet companies and the elites, now reigns supreme.

Following, not thinking, is in fashion. 


Russell Moore
Russell J. Moore is the publisher and founder of He’s been writing about Rhode Island since 2005. You should definitely follow him on twitter @russmoore713. If you want to send him email, you can send it to