Comment: So your contention is that government is the collective?

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So your contention is that government is the collective?

Is that right?
Since you are speaking of law...let's parse out the legal truth of it all.

If one has a controversy with the government, can one name members of the community(the collective) as the adversary in a court action?
-No, one must to name the government...

So "the collective" is not a player in the game. On one side you have an individual and on the other side you have the government.

(I am going to use the word society in place of collective because, I think the notion of collective cannot accurately apply to human beings.)

Government is a legally distinct militant entity that rules over society.
-The government is composed of the legislature and whomever the legislature employs to carry out their will.
-The one attribute that separates government from any one that composes society is that it claims the power to harm with legal impunity.
-It can take what it wants, when it wants, how it wants and is not obligated to provide anything in return.
-society is obligated to obey government, but government not obligated to obey society.

If you doubt the last point ask:
Under the current system...
Is the legislature legally obligated to obey your commands, or are you legally obligated to obey the legislatures commands?

We can expand the terms and they still come out the same.

Is the legislature legally obligated to obey the whole of society's commands or is the whole of society legally obligated to obey the legislatures commands?

The correct answer is the whole of society must obey the legislature.
You can test the theory, simply disobey the legislature or their employees and see what happens...they'll put you in a cage, and if you resist, they'll put you in the ground. And they're more than happy to do so 24/7.

"SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins."- Thomas Paine