"Politically, true individualism means recognizing that one has a right to his own life and happiness. But it also means uniting with other citizens to preserve and defend the institutions that protect that right."
Shawn E. Klein
American professor of philosophy, author
Community and American Individualism. A commentary from the Navigator Special: The Assault on Civilization, posted October 17, 2001. Published in the November 2001 Navigator
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 -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Those that love liberty must unite and take our country back.
     -- Cal, Lewisville, TX     
     -- Sharon Agregaard, Lumberton,MS      
    Politically, and in all other ways, individualism means individualism. Life, liberty and happiness (including inalienable rights) are inherent in, and to the being (an individual doesn't just have a right to them - it is much more than that, life, liberty and happiness are intrinsic in and to the individual) Individualism does NOT mean "uniting with other citizens to preserve and defend the institutions that protect that right". BUT, Cal has it right, Those individuals (acting in individualism) must unite if they are to take their country back, preserving and defending the institutions that protect their being and their rights.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    Ergo: The Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights. Something the Obama administration (and others before) are loathe to acknowledge.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    The Tea Party comes to mind from the last sentence in the quote.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
    The power to choose one's own way is ALWAYS under attack from those who want you to do what THEY want you to do. I doubt this will ever change. There will always be thieves, singular and in armies. Their success emboldens them more and more. That is why folks have banded together for their own security. The danger lies then within the group -- we must ever be vigilant among ourselves to stop in its tracks any new idea to force the community to follow the dictates of a faction in the group. Social engineering of any kind is usually the impetus for persecuting those who won't follow the 'party line.'
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
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