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  •  All of your points are fine, except (0+ / 0-)

    for the individualism.  It's way overrated, and I'm tempted to think that we are better off without all that ideological training (you're an individual...now buy our crappy product!).

    •  I think you and I think of individuality... (0+ / 0-)

      ...in different ways as you seem to think of it from a commercial perspective. It might be difficult to understand my perspective without embedding yourself in a country where equivalent individualism isn't particularly tolerated, like in Japan.

      When I praise American individualism, I praise our society's tolerance for different ways of thinking and different attitudes towards life. Americans are not expected to conform to a very narrow set of social or cultural norms that restricts our behavior and intellectual flexibility. That's a huge problem in Japan that I believe largely accounts for its high suicide rate. I'm very grateful that I can be who I am in America as a Japanese upbringing would not have afforded me that luxury.

      GOP stands for Grand Old Problem.

      by LennyLiberal on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 11:12:48 PM PDT

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      •  I spent a year in Japan back in the '90's (0+ / 0-)

        lovely country, great people!  I think what you mean is "individuality".  Individualism is the theory that the self is the primary social unit, which for politics means that the public good exists solely to oppress the individual.  This is the opinion held by conservatives here, and is clearly wrong.  Individuality simply refers to the preservation of traits unique to a singular person, a notion that is relatively benign.

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