I am actually anticipating this conversation. As a comment on Professor Needleman's quotation regarding individuality v. individualism, I believe it's important to keep in mind that the opposite of the Greek "polis," the citizenry, was the "idiotays," from which we get our English word "idiot." The "idiotays" was the individual or private person, without the capacity (and perhaps desire) to be involved in public affairs. A government of such individuals, if there could be such thing, may well be referred to as an "idiocracy." With our continuing collective love affair with individual rights, often absent individual, much less collective, responsibility, are we, however unintentionally, creating such an "idiocracy"?
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