Individualism and Government Intervention: Is it a paradox?

Mei CHANG

Abstract



Individualism is one of the most fundamental values, which helps to build the United States. It is a commitment to personal initiative, self-reliance and material accumulation. The principle upholds the superiority of free-market economic system and claims that individuals rather than any institution or group should be the core of society. Consequently, the government is traditionally expected to intervene in social life as little as possible. However, the government's involvement keeps expanding ever since the Gr2eat Depression, and the tendency seems strong. At present, there is hardly any aspect of social life left without government regulation. This paper will focus on one question: whether the expansion of government is a paradox to the underlying spirit of individualism. It concludes that the paradox does not exist. The expansion of government intervention is an inevitable result of social development and the inherent weakness of individualism. It is complementary to individualism rather than paradoxical.
Key Words: individualism, Social Contract, free-market economy, government intervention.
Résumé: L’individualism est une value les plus fundamentaux, qui l’aide à l’éstablir Les États-unis. C’est une commitement à l’initiative personalle, reliance sur soi, et accumulation matérial. Cette principle emphasie la supériorité de la système économique de free-market et claime qu’il fait les individueux, nons auquel institution ou groupe, sont le core de la société. Conséquentment, le gouvernement est expecté traditionallement à intervener en livre sociale le plus moins le plus possiblement. Mais, l’invovelment de gouvernement expande aisin que la Great Depression, et la tendencie est de plus en plus evidente. Maintenent, il n’y a pas une aspect de la livre sociale sons la regulation de gouvernement. Cette article centre sur une question: si l’expansion de gouvernement est une paradoxie au spirit de l’individualism. Elle conclude que cette paradoxie ne existe pas. L’expansion de gouvernement est une result inevitable de la progrèss sociale et la démerit inhéreté de l’individualism. Il est complémentaire, nons pas paradoxicale, à l’individualism.
Mots-clés: L’individualism, contract social, économie de free-market, l’intervention de

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968%2Fj.css.1923669720050101.024

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