Jeremy Corbyn is the leader of Britain's main opposition political party, the Labour Party. But Corbyn is something else. He's a leader who has a real chance of becoming Britain's next prime minister.
That's because, following the disappointing performance in June's general election for the Conservative Party, pressure is rising on Prime Minister Theresa May to call another election. And the polls show Corbyn might win.
That makes Corbyn's pursuit of a Borg-style collective all the more concerning.
First off, a primer. The "Borg Collective" is an alien species from Star Trek. The Borg are hybrid humanoid-cybernetic life-forms serving as effective slaves to a solitary leader, the Borg Queen. All Borgs share thoughts and lack individuality. They seek a society in which the "collective" is the only lifeform in existence, and the queen's hive mind has absolute supremacy.
Yet the Borg are not driven by malevolence. Rather, in conquering the universe, they seek to expand the collective's understanding of all knowledge.
Of course, this makes the Borg an enemy of all freedom-loving species. Including the Earth-based United Federation of Planets. At its most basic level, the struggle is between individual freedom and centralized collective autocracy.
In that context, consider what Corbyn told left-wing Canadian journalist and activist Naomi Klein in a recent interview.
Corbyn said he tells his supporters, "You're united in what you want in a sense of a collective in society."
He explained that "human beings want to do things together, they want to do things collectively. And that's the kind of society we want to create."
He praised his election campaign platform as "a manifesto that was collective in its approach."
When Klein asks him about healthy societies, Corbyn argues for "the strength of the community and the collective."
Now, on paper, this might not seem that troubling. In an era of manifest doubt about politicians and politics, Corbyn's soft-spoken lack of charisma is his greatest appeal. The problem, however, is that Corbyn's "collective" is one deeply antagonistic to individual opportunity.
Collectivism, after all, isn't just a word. It's an ideology that takes root in communism and socialism. It rests on the belief that central government action is required to allocate resources and facilitate social good. That government is the best servant of the people, rather than community. And be under no illusions, history has repeatedly proved this ideology is repellant.
Everywhere collective has been applied, it has destroyed opportunity and lives. In Soviet Russia, 10 million people died from starvation thanks to collectivist farming. And today, in Venezuela, collectivism has turned the nation with the largest oil reserves into a starvation trash heap.
We must tell this history.
With growing numbers of millennials finding sympathy for socialists like Corbyn and Bernie Sanders, conservatives need to wake up and get in the debate. We must, for example, explain why millennials would suffer greatly if Corbyn or Sanders were ever to take power.
If nothing else, we should ask pro-collectivists to talk to those who have actually experienced it. Let them ask the people of Vietnam and Poland why they are so ardently pro-capitalist after decades of collectivist utopia.
For the Left, of course, this doesn't matter. They believe that they know best.
For one, Jeremy Corbyn's chief advisor overtly laments the fall of Soviet Russia. In the end, these collectivists believe that the individualism of the many must be subjugated to the utopia of the few. And like the Nazis against Judaism, the collectivists would pursue their agenda of purity wherever it leads them. In tune, they ignore obvious reality. We get an example of this in the interview, when Corbyn and Klein praise China, and suggest the United States has gone "rogue" on climate policy. They completely ignore the fact that China's climate commitments are lies.
That cuts to the core of the issue here. For the far-left, as the home of capitalism, The U.S. has always been the enemy of the collective.
And like Captain Picard against the Borg, we must repudiate the collective.