rugged individualism


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Noun1.rugged individualism - individualism in social and economic affairs; belief not only in personal liberty and self-reliance but also in free competition
individualism - a belief in the importance of the individual and the virtue of self-reliance and personal independence
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history, or international politics, but he does epitomize (or perhaps the better word is characterize) a rugged individualism, an unabashed Yankee spirit that there is nothing beyond his reach.
popular cinema especially, the farmer's usually successful struggle to defend his homestead has been a favorite trope in the mythology of rugged individualism.
In the early twentieth century, Frederick Jackson Turner argued that interactions on the frontier formed American characteristics of rugged individualism, democracy, aggression, and innovation.
Greig acknowledges that a version of boyhood that emphasized a rugged individualism of self-sufficiency and risk taking was still prevalent in postwar Ontario.
Brown's provocative historiography, well-documented, connects the dots from the rugged individualism of gunfighter James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok to geekish "subway vigilante" Bernard Goetz to the courts and law enforcement agencies that support no duty to retreat.
Tomo emphasizes community over rugged individualism.
However, there are a handful of Western countries that approximate our American rugged individualism, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
In his view, the same factors that made Diem attractive to US intelligence and policy experts--decisiveness, determination, rugged individualism, grand vision, refusal to make coalitions with those who had other perspectives--led to both his abandonment by the US when he disagreed with their views, and to his own failure to govern a people with varied ideas about what kind of nation they wanted to be.
It is all about rugged individualism, joie-de-vivre, and classic style" said Diego Echeverri, CEO of Bull+Moose.
He was a symbol of rugged individualism, of someone who depended only on himself in order to survive.
An icon of the type of rugged individualism that is central to the Republican party's embrace of personal liberty, Eastwood has nevertheless hesitated to tie himself to either political party.
The race ahead will hinge on whether Americans choose the rugged individualism of their dreams, or to stick with the reality of increasing mutual dependence forced on them by recession.