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Thread: Is Individualism the Greatest Example of "Bottom-Up Development?"

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    Re: Is Individualism the Greatest Example of "Bottom-Up Development?"

    In my opinion it is, when their is a government "helping" hand the result is 9 times out 10 dependence. When one becomes dependent one begins to lose himself.
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    Re: Is Individualism the Greatest Example of "Bottom-Up Development?"

    Quote Originally Posted by ElijahGalt View Post
    I may have asked this question before, and if I have I apologize.

    Do you think that the best representation of "bottom-up development" is individualism?

    By individualism, I specifically mean a decentralized approach where the greatest amount of power is bestowed upon the individual.

    I frankly would have to argue that giving the highest amount of power to the lowest level of society- the individual, IS the greatest representation of "bottom-up development."

    Those of you who know me well enough understand that I pick battles mostly with individuals on the left side of the political spectrum, for mainly personal reasons (which I'm willing to discuss if anyone wishes to inquire).

    So, here's another battle.

    I'm witnessing that the democrat party is a big champion of something they call "grassroots" initiatives. They like it when local people get together to fight for their right to do X, Y, and Z. They call any republican attempts to do the same thing as "astroturf." I'm not arguing whether or not the tea party movement is a legitimate grassroots initiative or astroturf, but rather whether or not the democrat party is a real champion of "bottom-up development" (I use bottom-up development to mean the same thing as grassroots initiative).

    If democrats, in general, support a greater centralized federal government where more power is concentrated at the top, rather than with the individual, I can't help but wonder if they're truly in support of "bottom-up development." I don't think they are, because if they were, they would have more confidence in letting the individual decide his or her own future. Instead, democrats (and republicans for that matter) generally believe that people are too stupid to invest in their retirement, too stupid to ensure their own safety, too greedy to remain charitable, too violent to possess arms, and so forth. So, rather than empowering the individual, they instead facilitate and maintain a top-heavy political structure.

    Any thoughts?
    I think the democrat idea of grass roots is figuring out ways to convince individuals that other individuals are not worthy of individual power and then channeling that sentiment into a movement.

    True conservatives want the government out of everyone's wallet and bedroom. True liberals want the government in everyone's wallet and bedroom. Most Americans want the government out of their wallet and bedroom and in everyone else's wallet and bedroom.
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    Re: Is Individualism the Greatest Example of "Bottom-Up Development?"

    Quote Originally Posted by friday View Post

    True conservatives want the government out of everyone's wallet and bedroom.
    LMAO thats a really ****ing funny statement. Social/Religious Cons want government and its thugs to enforce morality just how the left wants the same thugs to do the same thing in regards to economics. Thanks for the ****ing laugh
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    Re: Is Individualism the Greatest Example of "Bottom-Up Development?"

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    LMAO thats a really ****ing funny statement. Social/Religious Cons want government and its thugs to enforce morality just how the left wants the same thugs to do the same thing in regards to economics. Thanks for the ****ing laugh
    That's why I said "True" conservatives. I don't think people who want the government to tell you what you can do in your bedroom are true conservatives, and most conservatives I know agree with me on that. I think you've been fed the stereotype that helps Democrats win elections, even though Dems haven't done a thing for the GLBT community and most Democrats in DC believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman (including President Obama).
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