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individualism

the philosophy that individuals have their own unique set of wants and interests, and that they should be given free rein to pursue them. Those promoting this philosophy therefore advocate the removal of laws and regulations governing how people should behave. In the economic and business spheres, they argue, regulation stifles entrepreneurial creativity and inhibits responsiveness to market forces; if people can be freed from regulation they will become more highly motivated to succeed, whilst markets will be able to function more effectively, leading to benefits to society at large. They tend to be critical of TRADE UNIONS since they believe that unions elevate group over individual interests, and place restrictions on both their members' and managers' freedom to behave as they wish. Critics of this philosophy argue, however, that interests are in fact often shared (for example between groups of employees), that power resources are unequal and hence that collective action is therefore often necessary, and that unbridled pursuit of individual goals can damage the interests of others. See COLLECTIVISM, DEREGULATION.
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What happened at the refuge was rugged individualism gone wrong.
And all of this can be learned in the "How-To-Books" which preach rugged individualism, which really means, according to Randy, "my way or the highway.
They prefer what they see as the rugged individualism of free-market forces, a level capitalist playing field, and a weak state that does not impinge on their personal choices.
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It was the defining gender style of colonial modernity, and was characterized by moral rectitude, rugged individualism, the celebration of the will, restraint and forbearance.
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In the United States, for example, iconic brands have included portrayals of the American frontier, rugged individualism and the 'melting pot.
This time Gladwell wants to inoculate us against that particularly American notion of rugged individualism, hoping to correct a longstanding impression that people pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.
His rugged individualism resists being drawn into her needs, but by the time he departs, he has laid her demons to rest.
In our emphasis on rugged individualism, we have come to believe in the assertion of individuality--and every man is ready to stand up for his rights, whether it be because his water bill he thinks isn't right or something really insignificant.
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