The Irrationally Immoral Collective
Author's Note: I had to write this for Tenth grade English, which was last year. After we read Animal Farm, we had to use one of the many characters in the book and draw parallels to society. I used Napoleon, because Marxist philosophy is fun to explain sometimes.
system of unity, and an equation of equality. Everyone is the same as
that is what equally means, but alas, how could it be when the world
is not that. Communism doesn't work unless it is truly that, and that
will just never be so. People will always want power and
Napoleon or Joseph Stalin is the ruler of animal farm or United soviet socialist republic (USSR, Russia Soviet russia, soviet republic, or beforehand USFSR. Joseph Stalin is the ruler of the Ussr, and Napoleon is the ruler of Animal Farm. Napoleon is very controlling, and not surprisingly is also very secretive. He creates the laws and keeps order. He uses conformity, brute force, and brainwashing.
He doesn't give his reasons or motives, he orders and rules. Reasons are absent, because he doesn't know any. His thoughts are irrational and not comprehensible to a rational thinker. He's an altruist, and acts on such reasons as, "Just because," or "I don't know." His decisions are hardly human and are very crude. Many people who are really humanitarians such as altruists, socialists, and people of that nature might say he is human, but he treats a massive crowd of humans with workable and thinking minds as objects. This is certainly not a personality that is considered right, but today one finds the same personalities commonplace. Most of the ideas that ever existed in this age certainly seems to match up with Napoleon's values.
If one thinks rationally on some of these matters one cannot go very deep in to it. In fact, it is nowhere near the root of logic. The conrad system they impose upon their collective is corrupted. Conrad is basically friend, and this is communism. They are suppose to work collectively for everyone's good, but is it? No. Why then? The ruler wans food. Why? He wants to get fat and live good. Why can he not have his share and leave the rest to the animals? He needs luxury and they don't. Why? It makes him happy. This is not very right, but at least one could strike the reason.
That might be questionable, but how about this? Why is that he's in luxury and can be happy, but no one else is permitted to share that privilege? It cannot be answered, as the rest of these answers will be unanswerable and the person who soughts to answer it if it continues to be questioned will provide no new answer, thus made to pursue his answers in an illogical circuitous method, which brings the questioner nowhere in particular, but only to where he had begun his quest. The irrational is always happy as they has their way and everyone else is unhappy. His happiness can't be eternal, however, as guilt arrests the irrational sooner or later and thus make matters even more ridiculously irrational. There are exceptions where one doesn't feel guilty until much too late. It does not show this element of guilt in the story, but I am rather certain as time goes on he will feel it.
Napoleon's irrationality greatly effects things, and if one takes the time to observe life, they will discover that it is the same results occurring every single time when faced with irrationality. This irrationality shown by Napoleon causes the whole collective to think irrationally. This leads to chaos, starvation, and the nonsense that happens in the plot. This becomes clear especially when the old horse is dragged off to a slaughterhouse.
This is communism in it's essence the collective and the socialist. Irrationally is how most think, and they do not grasp reality. These are napoleon's ways, and it's effect are harmful. "When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing -- when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you -- when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice -- you may know that your society is doomed." Ayn Rand