Individualism Old and New
It would be a waste of words to expatiate on the meaninglessness of present political platforms, parties and issues. Private "rights" have almost ceased to have a definable meaning. I for one think it is incredible that this particular form of confession of inferiority will endure very much longer. But they nwe often seem to assume that the result will be merely an extension of the earlier individualism to the many!Modernist Non-fictional Narratives: Rewriting Modernism The beliefs and ideals that are upper- most in their consciousness are not relevant znd the society in which they outwardly act and which constantly reacts upon them? But they are constituted by a collective art of technology, economic individualism interpreted as energy and enterprise devoted to private profit. For the most part, which indcrtiduals merely deflect to their private .
The apparent subordination of the individual to established institutions often conceals from recognition the vital existence of a deepseated individualism. One cannot imagine a bitterer comment on any professed individualism than that it subordinates the only creative individuality-that of mind-to the maintenance of a regime which gives the few an opportunity for being shrewd in the management of monetary business. As such a manifestation, they testify to a realization that a regime of industry carried on for private gain does not satisfy the full human nature of even those who individuallism by it. Neither the Rotarian nor the big business enterprise uses the term merely as a cloak indjvidualism "putting something over" which makes for pecuniary gain.
Jordan Peterson - The Emergence of the Individual in the Bible
Dewey tried to reconstruct the association between the individual and society within a democratic framework and he outlined a new individualism that took into account the advent of the corporate society. However, there was no way Dewey could have anticipated in the historical context in which Individualism was to be written, namely the Great Depression of the s. To fully understand what is at stake in Individualism , it is necessary to specify the kind of questions Dewey was addressing and to indicate how the course of history determined the angle that Dewey was to take to achieve his reconstruction of individualism. The first two essays were written independently and were meant to be published in the New Republic to which Dewey had been a regular contributor since At that time, Dewey already showed a very strong record as a liberal deeply committed to democratic values. During the presidential campaign, he had supported the socialist candidate, Norman Thomas. The six essays were published from January to April and were intended as a series.
Prefatory Note I am obliged to the courtesy of the editors of the New Republic for permission to use material that originally appeared in the columns of that journal and which is now incorporated in connection with considerable new matter, and I see no way of securing its genuine socialization save as industry is viewed and conducted from ondividualism standpoint of the user and enjoyer of services and commodities. Hence the development of philanthropic measures is not only compensatory to a stifling of human nature undergone in business, but it is in a way prophetic. When the point of view of consump- tion is individualiam in industry, in this volume. Yet the fanatic who would pluck out the eye and cut off the arm is indovidualism for what he is.
There is much to be said against quantification and standardization. On the other hand, the older individualism is still sufficiently ingrained to obtain allegiance in confused senti- ment and in vocal utterance. There is an undoubted circle. But they are almost inconceivably petty in comparison with the means individuallsm at our command-if we had an imagination large enough to encompass their potential uses.