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The United States of America is the land of the free the land ofopportunity and the wealthiest country in the world a country that half themodern world is modeled after Its President is referred to as the Leaderof the free world Thousands of people come to this country every yearlearning about the country in hopes of becoming citizens William Hudson in his book American Democracy in Peril talks about the seven biggestchallenges to this democratic nationIndividualism can be seen as a gift or a curse depending on the context inwhich it occurs Because modern society finds it important that people think independently decide autonomously and take personal initiatives the concept of individualism has acquired a positive connotation Howeverindividualism is also linked with the tendency to withdraw from social lifeand turn in towards oneself Alexis de Tocqueville described individualismas the cool and considered attitude which drives people to withdraw into asmall enclosed world consisting of their family and a few select friendsleaving the rest of society to its own devicesThe most obvious problem stemming from the process of individualism is of a socio-economic nature and concerns the problem of solidarity If the link between the community and the individual becomes less strong to what extent will an individual experience social problems in which he or she is not immediately implicated as his or her problems To what extent are people in an individualistic society prepared to consider the problems of others as their own This is a crucial question for society since it places the legitimacy of many social institutions and political structures in question Whoever accepts that individualism is a fact will consider political life to be an incessant clash of interests on the part of people who are only in it for the sake of personal power or an increase in personal fortune While they may be fine responsible people in private life in their attitude to government they are like infants interested only
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