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Individualism and Responsibility

"I keep hearing about how employment is getting so bad. If people would just look hard enough, there are jobs out there, and if they can't find one for some reason, they should make their own."

The above couple of sentences were uttered by one of my family members last week, after hearing on the news that unemployment had risen to 9.4% for the month of May. Ignoring at first whether or not the assertion is valid (it most certainly isn't), the thing that struck me the most was the logical default to a notion that "In America, if you try hard enough, you can make it."

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