I don’t think there is a first step, Anon. I don’t think it matters what we do at this point. We could fix the broken system all we want—return people’s economic rights and personal liberties; abolish the public mandatory state-sponsored indoctrination camps; gut the federal government; deregulate all the stuff that needs deregulating; take the eyes out of the sky; slash public welfare and social services—I don’t think it’ll help. The problem is ideological.
The problem is that we’ve got two entire generations raised exclusively on collectivist notions, who have been so saturated with them that that no traces of individual rationalism is left; who have been conditioned, almost in a Pavlovian fashion, to emotionally react and automatically dismiss anything that is in any way contrary to it. I mean, look—with your flippant reply, you just did exactly that. And, of course, we see this kind of thing constantly from the more prominent self-proclaimed liberals/progressives/socialists/collectivists on this site.
So, I don’t know man—I don’t think that’ll help. I don’t think there is a solution. Not one that will continue to permit the co-existence of these two fundamentally competing ideologies. Or, in simpler terms (for all you liberals here): it doesn’t matter if you fix a broken blender, when the person using it is trying to make toast.