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  •  Skinflints and Tightwads (3+ / 0-)

    Actually no animal including people are so dumb as to have every member invent the wheel individually and waste valuable time in redundancy. But clearly you can make a religion out of anything.  Others are so dim to not see the value of radical selfishness. Tell that to your girlfriend.

    This romantic idea of doing everything yourself and imagining that you aren't on the shoulders of the generations and cultures before you strikes me as an expectation that someone will see how rugged an individual you are, for basically existing with your kopf full of noodles and trying to get extra credit for that.

    •  That is an awful mis-characterization of libers. (2+ / 0-)
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      This romantic idea of doing everything yourself and imagining that you aren't on the shoulders of the generations and cultures before you strikes me as an expectation that someone will see how rugged an individual you are, for basically existing with your kopf full of noodles and trying to get extra credit for that.

      It's common for wingnuts and those recently exposed to Rand to adopt this image.  It's also common for liberals to accuse libertarians of thinking this way.

      On dKos, I've been told more than once to go live on an island and fulfill my individualist dreams.

      This is a really odd thing to accuse a liber of believing.  Having a free market requires at least 2 people.  When we advocate for free trade, write about comparitive advantage and praise the division of labor, we are saying that society is a powerful good and we are trying to promte the most productive society we know how to make.

      Results count for more than intentions do.

      by VA Classical Liberal on Sun Dec 06, 2009 at 09:26:45 PM PST

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      •  Does that mean... (0+ / 0-)

        ...that you don't mind public libraries?

        The '60s were simply an attempt to get the 21st Century started early....Well, what are we waiting for? There's no deadline on a dream!

        by Panurge on Mon Dec 07, 2009 at 09:29:39 PM PST

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