The Paradox of Individualism

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Justin Renteria for The Chronicle Review

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Justin Renteria for The Chronicle Review

"As government expands, liberty contracts," explained President Ronald Reagan in his farewell address, calling the principle "as neat and predictable as a law of physics." Indeed, the belief that the scope of individual freedom in any society stands in inverse relation to the power of its government is a central creed of modern conservative thought. Nor is this view limited to the right: Democrats as much as Republicans often cast their differences as a choice between using government to