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Individualism

The Doublespeak of "Freedom"

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I am, quite frankly, concerned by Romney and other advocates of neoliberalist principles because they are based on individualistic, self-centered "freedoms," while opposing general responsibility for others and for a collective cooperative society.

Jews In The Diaspora Are Not Partial Jews: A Response To A.B. Yehoshua

Carlo Strenger | Posted 06.03.2012 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

I personally do not know what it means to be a complete or a partial Jew; moreover, I reject any demand that I need to live a full rather than a partial Jewish existence.

American-Style Individualism in China? Looks Deceive

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.17.2012 | World
Tom Doctoroff

Surely the forces of change are reshaping the Chinese psyche. Surely people, once suppressed by colorless conformity, are embracing individualism. Sorry, but no.

Blaze Your Own Trail!

Irene Tanner | Posted 02.25.2012 | Home
Irene Tanner

Picture this: I am 16 years old attending my first English 101 class at Women's College, University of North Carolina. Our professor is Elizabeth Bowe...

Super Committee Occupies My Miami Winter

Daniella Levine | Posted 01.29.2012 | Miami
Daniella Levine

The Super Committee "fails." Occupiers are evicted. Cool weather comes to Miami. How do these relate if at all?

A Chinese Century? Not Quite

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 01.28.2012 | World
Tom Doctoroff

China will not easily capture hearts and minds. They will be an economic superpower only. The Chinese are ethnocentric and in large ways and small, an instinct to narrowly defend interests can be off putting.

Business Must Understand U.S. Individualism and Conflicting Visions

Brad Reid | Posted 10.01.2011 | Business
Brad Reid

The debt ceiling debate is a small part a much larger clash of opposed visions about the relative roles of the public and private spheres of influence.

China's Ambivalent Tiger Moms: When in Rome...

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.29.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

In the People's Republic, contemporary mothers, flooded with information that promote a more liberal model of modern parenting, are conflicted.

No Looting in Japan

Amy Chavez | Posted 05.27.2011 | World
Amy Chavez

People around the world have marveled at the lack of mass-looting in Japan. Is it the presence of "wa" that prevents people from looting, or the power of the individual that allows them to loot?

The Uncomfortable Individualism Of Lent

David A. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David A. Davis

Lent and the temptation of Jesus. It's not about our morality, our piety, or our doing battle with the devil. It is about claiming our identity as God's people and soaking in Christ's wisdom.

Even Our Parenting Is Shifting Right

Sally Kohn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sally Kohn

Hanging ornaments on her grandparents' Christmas tree, my two-year-old beamed with pride for having hooked a snowman on a branch all by herself. A ...

A Politically-Polarized Sesquicentennial

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While we are indeed currently politically divided and somewhat polarized, this is actually our normal state as a nation -- and on the polarization scale, we're nowhere near the "most divided" we've ever been. Far from it.

Outside the Fences

Jon Foreman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jon Foreman

Outside the fences of convention lies an untamed wilderness awaiting the reckless souls who have the nerve to cut their own path. Are you daring enough to defy the dictatorship of the critics?

Consider the Source

Jamie Lee Curtis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jamie Lee Curtis

As parents we all need to remember that we are our children's most important source, and the greatest gift we can give them is the permission to have their own opinion backed up by good debate, and of course by asking good questions.

The Culture of Excess

Peter Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Peter Clothier

In The Culture of Excess, Slosar writes of a "cultural narcissism" that infects American society. This worship of the self and its needs contributes to a growing ethical decay.

Could Culture Emerge Out of a God Who Evolves?

George Elerick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
George Elerick

If God evolves, then should we accept the responsibility that our culture might need to evolve as well? Maybe humanity has something to add to the conversation of our perpetual development.

'Empathic Civilization' Excerpt: Homo-Empathicus, The Big Story That Historians Missed

The Huffington Post | Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The following is an excerpt from the HuffPost book club pick for February, Jeremy Rifkin's "The Empathic Civilization". Historians, by and large, wri...

The Ghost of Free Market Past

James Campion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
James Campion

If Jesus and Ayn Rand had ever spent any time together in a locked room, neither would be able decide which of them was God.

Do You Live in a Box?

Lisa Guest | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Guest

I have a persecution complex. I'm afraid of speaking my truth. I don't believe in mainstream. I'm not impressed with fluff or fun or fanfare.

Real Food Rehab: Rules For Living Well

Dana Joy Altman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dana Joy Altman

I do believe in knowing what you value most and using that as a rudder to guide your life. So here are some rules for living, exactly as I wrote them two years ago.

Individualism Run Amok

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

I was surprised to read the other day that in some cultures if you are asked 'how are you?' the answer never begins with the pronoun 'I' but rather with a 'we' as in 'we are fine or not fine'.

America's Number One Sucker Confronts Health Care Reform

Philip Slater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Slater

Republican and Libertarian freeloaders are perfectly happy to drive on government-built roads, or call a policeman or fireman when they need him. They just don't want to pay for all this 'bureaucracy.'

China vs. Japan: Two Cultures, Two Responses to Crisis

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

What explains the dramatic difference in how Japanese and Chinese people absorb the financial crisis?

Why Individualists Are More Vulnerable to Dictatorship

Philip Slater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Slater

After the Olympics last fall David Brooks wrote a thoughtful article comparing individualism and collectivism. He cited studies showing that individu...