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Socialization is the function by which progressives, socialists, communists, and other ideologues target individualists and re-shape their minds toward collective thinking. The process of socialization is a form of movement and not a final destination.

Edward Alsworth Ross, a former head of the ACLU, described the process in his influential works on Social Control this way:

As the socializing of the members of a group is a process that has to do with the life, rather than the progress of society, the study of the system of control belongs to static rather than to dynamic sociology. Control is, like sustentation or defense, a function that must be continually exercised in order that society may live at all. Individuals may be socialized once for all, but in time the socialized material dies out, while new undiscipled persons are always coming on to the stage of action and requiring discipline. The system of control, like the educational system, is charged, not with revising the structure or functions of society, but with the shaping of individuals. It aims not at growth, but at an equilibrium, perpetually disturbed by changes in the personnel of society and hence perpetually in need of being restored by the conscious effort of the group.[1]