‘Individualism’ is not to be mistaken for freedom to choose moral, political and cultural alternatives of one’s own making. Each person is expected to operate ‘individually’ but in more or less similar ways and similar directions. . . . ‘Individualism’ in the United States refers to privatization and the absence of communal forms of production, consumption and recreation.
— Michael Parenti quoted by Alfie Kohn in No Contest: The Case Against Competition
This is so similar to the quotation from yesterday, about how disabled people often define independence.