Two Individualisms

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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Touche. The ante is upped yet again. It seems what is really at issue here is narcissism, an individualism in which the individual’s value is measured solely by where he stands in relation to other individuals. If an individual has more toys than his neighbor, then in his mind he is John Galt – never mind that Rand’s John Galt created a truly world-changing invention beyond anyone’s imagination whereas these faux Galts do things that are done by tens of thousands of others.Report

  2. My name is Jeff Carreira and I have been reading a great deal of Emerson and also wondering how his insistance on self-reliance is so easily confused with selfish slef-interest. Your distinction of two kinds of individualism – “individualism within” and “individualism apart” is a very simple to get the difference.Report

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