From the founding of the United States until about the mid 1960s individual guilt was the only form of guilt that existed in this country. Thanks to progressives taking us on a path that is entirely foreign to the founding principles of this nation, collective guilt has been steadily replacing individual guilt.
Until the mid 1960s only the individual who committed a particular crime was punished for that crime, and every individual was solely responsible for their own actions. That changed when a group of radical professors began introducing collectivist teachings into college campuses. Those radical teachings took hold on college campuses and over time have infected so much of academia and our culture. Now, thanks to radical progressives inhabiting the United States Congress and State Legislatures, collective guilt is starting to make inroads into out legal system. Several of the Democratic candidates for president support some form or collective guilt. This is very dangerous.
Slavery Reparations are the most ludicrous form of collective guilt I’ve encountered. Since slavery was abolished in 1865 in the United States and all slave owners have long since perished how can anyone alive be individually guilty of the crime of slavery?
Stripping innocent gun owners of their right to bear arms because other individuals have committed crimes with their guns is another all too common form of collective guilt. This form of collective guilt will only make everyone less safe. Good guys with guns stop on average 1 million crimes a year. Stripping gun owners of their guns will also eliminate one of the most important safeguards the founders of this nation devised to prevent the government of the United States from becoming tyrannical.
Progressive taxation is also an insidious form of collective guilt. The wealth of individuals who have committed no crime, they are simply successful through hard work, is confiscated and redistributed to individuals who have not earned it.
White guilt is another ridiculous form of collective guilt, one that is very much in vogue on college campuses. If the same false blame was placed on another race the cries of racism would be deafening and unremitting.
Assigning guilt to collective groups such as society or one particular race only makes crime worse. When crimes of individuals are not properly punished then more individuals will boldly commit the same crimes. This is one reason why crime is much more prevalent in Democrat controlled states and cities.
Individual guilt is enshrined in our Constitution, not collective guilt. This is most notable in the Due Process Clause of the 5th Amendment and the 14th Amendment. Blanket warrants are not covered by the 4th Amendment, only individual warrants. Unfortunately the federal government has recently forgotten this in their quest to fight terrorism.