Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Doctrine of Individualism

Jeanie Leyba

Democracy rests on a belief in the fundamental dignity and importance of the individual, in the essential equality of human beings, and in the individual's need for freedom. The emphasis on the supreme worth of the individual has run unbroken through democratic thought. It is woven into the writings of Thomas Jefferson, especially in the Declaration of Independence, where he eloquently proclaimed that all men have been endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights and that men create governments to secure these rights. Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater agreed in 1964 that all public and private institutions must be designed to protect and promote the integrity and dignity of the individual, they simply disagreed over how best to do this.
The doctrine of individualism
(not to be confused with the doctrine of laissez faire ) rests on the conviction that there is supreme worth in every human being. It demands that we should, in the words of a great philosopher, Immanuel Kant, so act as to treat humanity, whether in thine own person or in that of any other, in every case as an end withal, never as means only. Individualism makes the individual the central measure of value.
The State, the union, and the corporation are valued solely in terms of their usefulness for individuals.

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