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  •  The whole concept of "Rugged Individualism" (7+ / 0-)

    is a Myth.  It's ridiculous.  It's largely tied to the mythology of the Old West, and works well for John Wayne and Clint Eastwood movies, but it's not tied to reality.

    All those "rugged individualists" depended on the people who went before them (or were there before them) to know where the trails were, where the water was, where the game was.  Even a John Wayne type didn't manufacture his own guns, breed his own horses, sew his own clothes.  Sooner or later everyone depended on outside help from someone.

    The myth lives on, in comical fashion, today.  The rugged individualist weaving through traffic in his lifted 3/4 ton pickup, built by a company that all of us helped bail out, by workers that were part of a union, on roads that all of us chipped in to pay for, and some of us built...burning gas manufactured (by somebody) from oil brought (by somebody) halfway around the world from wells (dug by somebody) and through shipping lanes kept open (by somebody), all using equipment built by someone else.

    Best of all, the truck is covered with bumper stickers with rugged, individualist sayings on them, and condemning Socialism.  Printed by someone else.

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