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    I don't think there is such a thing as individualism when it comes to political or social theories. However a person can go their own way within society and create and build a life for themselves without governmental or social structures. So, the term should not be used to describe any sort of movement or ideology.
    Life is like a fire hydrant- sometimes you help people put out their fires, but most of the time you just get peed on by every dog in the neighborhood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpearBrave View Post
    I don't think there is such a thing as individualism when it comes to political or social theories. However a person can go their own way within society and create and build a life for themselves without governmental or social structures. So, the term should not be used to describe any sort of movement or ideology.
    The Western emphasis on individualism as most would understand it is deeply related to Liberalism in its various forms, and is maybe the only thing that unites them. Kita Ikki was thinking of liberalism when he described Individualism in negative terms; J Evola used the word "Americanism" with which it has become synonymous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catterick View Post
    The Western emphasis on individualism as most would understand it is deeply related to Liberalism in its various forms, and is maybe the only thing that unites them. Kita Ikki was thinking of liberalism when he described Individualism in negative terms; J Evola used the word "Americanism" with which it has become synonymous.
    I don't think so, at least not in the present times. I think the days of the so called "American Individualism" are a thing of the past in America. I think much of that went away with the frontier land being settled.

    Sure one can still be a self made person by following his own path outside of the norms of society, but that is exactly what they will be is outside of society. In many cases that is the story of my own life. I really don't know or associate with many of the people in America. I don't watch TV, follow sports, have kids in the local soccer league or even have the same dress or customs of my surroundings. Sure I function and even prosper to a degree, but I'm not really part of the community. It is a very lonely life and it is good sometimes and bad others. Given all that I would not call it an ideology in the sense of the word for politics or social reasons. If anything it is anti-social and anti-political.
    Life is like a fire hydrant- sometimes you help people put out their fires, but most of the time you just get peed on by every dog in the neighborhood.

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