Damon Root at Reason Online examines E.J. Dionne's sadness over conservative decline into individualism. Whenever someone in the political class talks about community over the individual, you can be assured that an agenda of domination is at play. What is a community but a collection of individuals? This silly idea of shedding, or tempering, individuality in order to meld into the community is nothing but mishmash mumbo-jumbo to justify some attempt by the elite few to make the controlled many feel good about conformity and the loss of freedom.
We need way more free-thinking individuals who refuse to conform to status quo control. Diversity is the spice of life and innovation is the lifeblood of industry. Creative, free individuals are to be honored, not shamed into lowering their heads and zoning out in group-think.