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"The foundation of individualism lies in one's moral right to pursue one's own happiness. This pursuit requires a large amount of independence, initiative, and self-responsibility. But true individualism entails cooperating with others through trade, which facilitates the pursuit of each party's happiness, and which is carried out not just on the level of goods but on the level of knowledge and friendship. Trade is essential for life; it provides one with many of the goods and values one needs. Creating an environment where trade flourishes is of great importance and great interest for the individualist."
Shawn E. Klein (more quotes by Shawn E. Klein or books by/about 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
Individualism, Responsibility, Rights, Security, Unity