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In the book The Way We Never Were the author argues in Chapter 4 that American have been dependent on collective institutions beyond family including government from the beginning I agree with the authors thesis but I believe there is a huge difference between collective institutions like for example family church and organization and government collective institution are more organic than government I would explain further paragraph the author support for her thesis and How I agree with her main point but thing that there some difference in intuitions Self-reliance is an imagined and overestimated image of the super human persona the rouge individual not needing other people help or family whose mom and dad are strong individual providing children for every day Of course this is seen as black and white issue because families or individual who are not fit this category must be the other one which are lazy failures in life depending on other or not strong enough to survive People hold this view as just either A or B usually holds anti-government viewThe author gives example of anti-government rhetoric usually said by people claiming that government is the problem She uses a commentator as an example named Charles Murray his main argument was latent poverty declined rapidly during the 1950s and early 1960s because it was a period when government subsidies or transfer payments to the poor grew only slowly Coontz 80Independence from parents and government is what a lot young adult wish they had to be self-dependent own a house and a car Even though I am a first generation American I was taught some conservative rhetoric of self-dependency Both my parents were catholic until coming to USA and converting to evangelicalism Both my parents would tell us stories about how they came from El Salvador to the United States because of the Salvadorian civil war and also to look for opportunities they did not have in their own
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