“Going Dutch” Revisited

Has America’s myth of individualism and white resentment–based concept of “socialism” lessened our chances to pursue happiness as individuals and, as a nation, to compete in the world?

Sidewalk chalked in light blue “Peace, Love, and Facemasks” outside an elementary school.
A sign of the collectivist spirit outside a grade school in Webster Groves, Mo. (Photo by author.)

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Kirk Swearingen

Half a lifetime ago, Kirk Swearingen graduated from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. His work has most recently appeared in Salon.