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Polarization and the Politics of Personal Responsibility$
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Mark D. Brewer and Jeffrey M. Stonecash

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190239817

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239817.001.0001

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America’s Commitment to Individualism

America’s Commitment to Individualism

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(p.22) (p.23) 2 America’s Commitment to Individualism
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Polarization and the Politics of Personal Responsibility
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Mark D. Brewer

Jeffrey M. Stonecash

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239817.003.0002

America was founded with a commitment to classic liberalism: the belief that each individual has worth, that governments have historically abused many individuals, and that the power of governments over people should be limited. This combination should provide individuals a context in which those who work hard can flourish and those who do not will not fare well. The assumption is that society as a whole works best when individuals are expected to succeed or fail based on their efforts.

Keywords:   classic liberalism, limited government, individualism, society

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