“They” is Destroying the English Language

“They” is Destroying the English Language

”This new usage is politically-correct jargon that is being forced on the public.”

Entering the new year, something tragic happened in the world of grammar and language usage. Over 200 linguists of the American Dialect Society met in Washington, D.C. to choose their “Word of the Year.” They overwhelmingly chose the singular use of the pronoun “they.”

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Singular they, as it is called, is not some common usage found in sectors of the American public that has gained a significant following and found its way into the English language. Such is the normal way new word usage gains acceptance. There is certainly nothing wrong with this natural and organic manner of growth.

What happened here, however, was something different. This new usage is politically-correct jargon that is being forced on the public. Singular they now refers to those sexually-confused individuals who do not wish to be called he or she. It has been determined that “they” can now refer to a “known person as a non-binary identifier.” Predictably newspapers like The Washington Post have already included this usage in their style books. In so doing, they (plural) have declared grammatical war upon the language.

It is war, but a dirty war. One cannot help but be struck by the utter mediocrity and cowardice of the august assembly of linguistic warriors. Had these linguists had a bit of courage they might have adopted any of the numerous “gender-neutral” ridiculous-sounding pronouns such as “jee,” “ney” and “thon” that have already been created by activists to promote their cause. They (plural) could even have gone farther by making up their own new pronouns and challenging the world to use a novel new creation to accommodate the sexually unsure.

Instead these jargonists prefer to take a perfectly good pronoun and strip it down to singularity. In so doing, they have mutilated, emasculated, and disfigured this faithful pronoun and emptied it of meaning. These pedantic paladins of political correctness hide behind the excuse that “they” already has some singular common usages as when used with words like “everyone.” This can be seen in a sentence: “Everyone likes their dogs.” However, this is purely a smokescreen in this dirty war to hide an agenda that uses languages as one of its most effective weapons.


This development is truly tragic because such artificial impositions go against the very purpose of language. Language should give clarity to thought. Its beauty consists in its ability to define concisely and clearly. The richness of vocabulary comes from how well words express nuance and subtlety.

But singular they? All is muddled and confused. If you have one they and add another they do they become two theys or are theys simply they? No one really knows, nor do the linguists really care. They (plural) want to make a political statement and force upon the users the task of determining the context of the usage. It assumes the public is savvy to the esoteric world of politically-correct jargon.

There is another reason why this usage of singular they is wrong. The principal purpose of language is to express the truth. Words are essential vehicles for uniting ideas to things — a simple definition of truth. A man, for example, has an idea of what a cat is. When he sees the cat, he exclaims: Cat! The word communicates a truth to all those around him. It instantly unites the idea and the thing.

In this case of singular they, however, the word refers to a non-existent reality. It involves denying the truth of the natural sex of a man or woman who is confused about his or her identity. The same man who saw the cat, could also see a sexually confused individual and exclaim: They! He proclaims no truth but merely participates in the person’s confusion and enters into complicity with it. He further assigns a plural label to a singular fantasy.

When language no longer expresses truth, it loses its beauty and poetry. Above all, imposed language destroys that organic connection with the people who by their contact with reality are the natural wordsmiths of any language. As Catholic thinker Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira once said, language is like the stained glass window of a people. It is that unique prism through which a people comes to know and express the truth. When modern ideologues destroy meaning and clarity in language, they (plural) obscure the light Subscription8.1and a great darkness descends upon the land.

Someone might object that singular “they” is only a word and hardly a great tragedy. But every word that is destroyed in this manner impoverishes, not enriches, language. Something precious has been taken from the people. That is why it is important to fight back and refuse to use the singular they in this context. They (singular) is destroying the English language. The wrong usage of they should apply, as it always has, not to the sexually confused but to the grammatically challenged.

When Money Was Simple, Straightforward and Sound

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“Like the king himself, Louis’ money was practically canonized”

Good money presupposes good rulers. It is only then that the corrupting influence of money is checked and true prosperity can be established. This was the case of King Saint Louis IX (1214-1270). His reign is remembered as the time of “good money” because of the justice that he administered and the value that it retained.

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Author Nicholas Mayhew in his book, Coinage in France from the Dark Ages to Napoleon (1988) writes:


“The years after the death of Louis IX proved difficult. Fluctuating metal values, competition between mints on an international scale and the costs of war, all led to debasement, and RTO-Audiobook-AD-medium-resmen came to look back on the coinage of Louis IX with nostalgia for a time when money and coinage were simple, straightforward and sound. Like the king himself, Louis’ money was practically canonized, and came to be used as the standard against which all other money was to be measured.”

How Return to Order Was Written: Sharing Four Secrets

How Return to Order Was Written: Sharing Four Secrets

“Thus, began the long journey of writing a book that all authors know and experience… and love.”

If there was something that facilitated the writing of my book, Return to Order, it was the ability to isolate myself and work only on the book. Like everyone, I had a busy schedule that did not include writing a book. I had tried everything to get away for some weekends and write but to no avail.

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Alas, whenever I did study for a weekend, I would lose much of the train of thought of my studies over the course of the following week. The next time around was spent getting back up to speed. In addition, the writing skills needed exercise that an occasional flexing wasn’t going to help.

And then there were the distractions we all face. The e-mails, phone calls and meetings that hasten the pace of life and made it seem like I was getting nowhere. There was no time for anything and yet I seemed to waste so much time on trivial matters. I was faced with the dilemma of finding time that I did not have and honing skills that I did not practice.

Then the ideas came that resolved the problem. First, there was the problem of time. Where was I to find the time? I resolved on January 1, 2008 to simply make the time by studying a little every day without fail. That meant every day even Sundays. That meant some time, even if it meant as little as 15 minutes. I would study every day with no exception.


I had read that pilots on aircraft carriers need to fly every day to hone their skills if they are to keep flying since they degrade quickly. So also it is with writing. One must write or study daily, even just for 15 minutes, if one is to write a book. At least for me, stopping for even a day can cause skills to degrade and it will take much time to recover.

The second problem to resolve was the place to study. I could not use my office—there were simply too many distractions. I needed to find a place to call my own—far from the maddening and virtual crowds.

Since I live alone right next to my office, the obvious choice was there. The house was absolutely empty during the day. There was no one to bother me. It proved the perfect place to think and, above all, pray.

Best of all, there was no internet in the whole house. There was a rarely used phone and not even air-conditioning. There was silence. And it was in that silence that the words began to flow.

I still remember that first New Year’s Day when I went to my room and opened a book to start my study program. I remember the exhilarating feeling to think that I was actually studying! Although I was beside myself with joy, I do not remember what exactly I studied that day, only that I did indeed study. By the end of the day, I had logged two and a half hours of study.free subscription

The next day, I found three hours to study, the day after that only an hour, yet another only a half hour. Sometimes, I would take an hour in the morning or the afternoon. At other times, I would take time throughout the day or night. Without shedding any other essential responsibilities, I managed to carve out time. By the end of the month, the tally was seventy-five hours.

Thus, began the long journey of writing a book that all authors know and experience… and love. It involves the hours of writing when there are blessed times of inspiration that fill you will joy. There are other times when the mind appears to be empty and nothing seems to come out. Above all, there is the grueling daily grind of writing with or without inspiration, day in day out, hour after hour. The secret is steady development, never stopping, always studying, never losing one’s edge.

Writing a book is a lonely task. However, it becomes less lonely if the author calls upon the help of God for perseverance and inspiration. Prayer is an important part of the equation since you most have recourse to it when you come to know your own limitations and the poverty of your abilities. When extraordinary inspiration suddenly comes—and something actually sounds good—it is at those times you realize this is something that is beyond your normal abilities.

These are the secrets I found for writing. The rest is mere repetition. I simply followed this RTO-Audiobook-AD-medium-resformula for 46 months. There is little more to report. Some 9,000 hours later, the book appeared.

And so, as a Catholic author, my simple secrets to writing a book can be summarized like this: Carve out time every day to pursue your passion. Find a quiet internet-free place to write. Persevere day in, day out. And finally and most importantly, pray to God and seek the intercession of the Blessed Mother to provide the aid and inspiration to produce a work that will give Him glory.

When Technology Mediates Reality

When Technology Mediates Reality

“One only need look at people engrossed on their phones in a busy airport”

Everyone perceives there is something wrong with the excessive use of electronic devices. One only need look at people engrossed on their phones in a busy airport to perceive some kind of imbalance is at play.

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The reason why such situations are unbalanced is that a person must have some kind of direct contact with reality to exercise common sense and moral judgments. When technology comes in between people and the things around them, very important nuances and details are lost. Technology mediates reality forcing the person to rely upon a second hand experience to make important judgments that affect relationships and society.


Thus, while a text message may get an idea across to another person, it omits an enormous amount of information. By its short and quick nature of the medium, it is hard to transmit personal moods, emotions and dispositions. It is easy to omit or ignore them. A thought is thus reduced to the bare and brutal minimum. To the extent that people rely only on technology, they tend to reduce reality to abstractions, which are the means by which technology can be expressed.

Sociologist Richard Stivers, in his book, Shades of Loneliness: Pathologies of a RTO-Audiobook-AD-medium-resTechnological Society, describes well what happens. He writes that “reality is sensuous, symbolic, and utterly ambiguous. To interpret reality I must bypass technology with a personal knowledge of history, culture, and other people. To the extent that I rely on technology, I reduce history, culture, and other people to local categories and statistics.”

Save Us from the Tyranny of ‘Settled’ Science

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“August researchers and famous professors can be toppled from their positions if they express the slightest doubts about a “settled” position.”

In classrooms across the country, high school students are taught the scientific method. It consists of constructing a doubtful hypothesis and designing a series of experiments to test the hypothesis with the observable facts. After a number of tests prove positive. The student can then take the facts and reach a conclusion. When a conclusion is constantly verified, it is enshrined in what might be called “established” science.

There is a second kind of science that uses methods very different from those of “established” science. In fact, this science, if indeed it might be called such, uses the exact opposite method. It consists of constructing a conclusion and then testing that conclusion with a hypothesis that is repeated over and over again using doubtful data to back it up.

The “logic” of this particular scientific method is that the truth of the conclusion is determined by the number of times the hypothesis is affirmed. With enough repetition, even the data starts to take on the appearance of the truth. The secret is to get as many people and media as possible to parrot the great discovery. At a certain point, the conclusion can be enshrined in a special pantheon that might be called “settled” science, and woe betide any “denier” who dare question it.

Like its cousin “settled” law, “settled” science can be useful even outside its field. It can be employed to silence opposition, impose laws and promote political agendas. It respects no rank or positions. August researchers and famous professors can be toppled from their positions if they express the slightest doubts about a “settled” position. Even the strongest evidence is ignored with disdain and disbelief. Meanwhile the hypothesis mantra is just repeated over and over again.

“Settled” science cases abound in today’s politically-correct times. The most obvious one is the dogma of “global warming.” Many old-school scientists have suffered persecution for calling into question the faulty computer models and fudged data associated with this doctrine. They have even shown that the globe is not warming. Flexible “settled” scientists immediately tweaked the hypothesis to speak of “climate change,” and thus cover both sides.

But facts have never been an obstacle to “settled science” promoters who simply dismiss facts and those who bring them up. Climate Statistics Prof. Caleb Rossiter, for example, found his fellowship ‘terminated’ after his Wall Street Journal op-ed declaring “the left wants to stop industrialization — even if the hypothesis of catastrophic, man-made global warming is false.” In another case, a well-loved and respected doctor who specializes in studies about sexual-risk behaviors has just been expelled from an important medical center in Massachusetts after he raised legitimate evidence-based concerns over the center’s decision to endorse the homosexual lifestyle.


A highly qualified scientist in California found scientific evidence that questioned a dogma of evolutionary thought and was fired after publishing his finding in a peer-reviewed journal. These and so many other cases fill the news and intimidate those who seek the truth.

However, there are those rare times when “settled” science runs into trouble and it becomes too obvious that the conclusions are wrong and indefensible. That is the beauty of “settled” science; it can be easily reversed by merely ceasing to repeat the hypothesis. The loud choruses that yesterday blasted forth the “settled” message, today become eerily silent. It is as if the embarrassing conclusion never existed.

An example of this is the “settled” science of peak oil. For decades, “settled” scientists have repeated the hypothesis that oil production will soon reach its peak and humanity will sink into the darkness of an age without fossil fuels.

The only problem is no one told the oil industry. Over the last decade, oil producers haveRTO-Audiobook-AD-medium-res found so much oil that most people agree there are supplies for decades and decades. The evidence can be seen at every gas pump: there is too much oil around, not too little. And so not much is heard from the peak oilers these days. But that is another beauty of “settled” science; the mantra chanters of one conclusion can easily transition to another mantra without any loss of reputation.

The phenomenon of “settled” science is a sad reflection of the frenetic intemperance of these times. The desire to be free from any moral restraint has reached such a point that even the most exacting and absolute sciences must be sacrificed to the tyranny of human passions. Even reality itself must be altered to conform to the agendas of the liberal establishment. Indeed, “settled” science is not science at all but propaganda that is highly unsettling.

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It’s Not the Economy, Stupid!

It’s Not the Economy, Stupid!

“The interconnected global markets are unstable and volatile.”

As the nation heads into the next election cycle, there is much frustration, angst and anxiety directed at a system that does not seem to work. Everyone senses there is something terribly wrong with the country. The worst part of this growing malaise is the feeling that no one seems to know what the real problem is.

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Over the years, the conventional wisdom has been to sidestep the issue by saying that, in the end, elections are all about the economy. If candidates cannot explain the malaise, then they can at least mesmerize the electorate with promises of jobs, opportunities and education. Inject more money into depressed cities, open up school options, lower (or raise) taxes, and spur local economies. Jobs, jobs, and more jobs is a program that both left and right can trumpet. Winning is just a matter of staying on focus and repeating the worn-out battle cry: It’s the economy, stupid!

Yet another year has passed, and it seems the malaise has only gotten worse. The response is to propose a new onslaught of tax reform, tax cuts, job creation schemes and the like to make America prosper once again. The prevailing opinion is that the right (or leftward) tweaking of the economy can solve the problem.

However, such logic will not work for 2016.

To put it bluntly, the economy is a mess, both here and abroad. The interconnected global markets are unstable and volatile. Central banks are pumping massive money transfusions into the system. The world is awash in oil and there are gluts in commodities like copper and nickel. Inflation is dangerously low. Some banks are even charging negative interest. Contrary to dire Malthusian predictions of the past, the world is drowning in its overproduction and abundance. Tens of trillions of dollars in government and consumer debt also weigh it down.

This is a crisis that has not been seen before. Governments and economists have thrown every economic trick in the Keynesian book at the crisis in an attempt to jumpstart, kick-start or even taser-start the economy into prosperity. Many bankers are saying there simply are no more lifeboats to rescue this seven-year recovery that never seems to get any traction.

This dilemma seems to suggest that the 2016 slogan should be: It’s not the economy, stupid!


The cause of the problem goes much deeper than the numbers on the bottom line. People and candidates forget that economies are not mathematical models that can be programmed to success. The foundation of any economy is about people and especially families.

“The subject matter of economics,” observes Norwegian economist Odd Langholm, “is properly the habits, customs, and ways of thinking of producers, consumers, buyers, sellers, borrowers, lenders, and all who engage in economic transactions.”

It cuts straight to the fact that the nation’s “habits, customs and ways of thinking” have changed. Americans are upset because they have lost their focus and unity. As has been proven, no amount of number-tweaking is working to put the ship back on course.

America is not failing because its economic machinery is faulty. Quite the contrary, it is still capable of producing enormous amounts of goods and services. Rather it is failing because, as sociologist Charles Murray affirms, America is coming apart. The people, the fickle agents of all economics, have changed. There is no longer a core, a canon of shared moral values that keeps things together and economies in balance.

Instead, there is a fragmented America dominated by the frenetic intemperance of the times, which mandates that each one must have everything instantly, effortlessly and without consequences. There is a prevailing lack of restraint that people mistake for freedom but actually leads to that very malaise that something is terribly wrong since there is no unity or direction.

In face of this crisis, the economic rhetoric of candidates becomes empty and RTO-Audiobook-AD-medium-resmeaningless. How can candidates speak about helping families when they fail to address the fact that families are disintegrating from divorce, abortion, promiscuity and neglect? The effectiveness of more educational options is limited when growing numbers of children come from broken homes without a mother or father.

How can they talk about stimulating growth in communities, when there is little left to stimulate? How can they end their speeches with the hopes that God will bless America with prosperity when He is banished from the public square? These are profound questions that are left unanswered to the detriment of the nation.

This election, it’s not about the economy stupid; it’s about returning to order.

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Fighting Abortion at its Core: A Call for a Return to Order

Fighting Abortion at its Core: A Call for a Return to Order

“If we are to be consistent with the pro-life ethos, we must oppose all kinds of sexual immorality”

As the anniversary of Roe v. Wade approaches on January 22, those who have long fought the important battle against abortion know that it is not only this issue that must be protested. Connected to abortion is a web of other nefarious practices that make up what has been aptly called the culture of death.

If we are to be consistent with the pro-life ethos, we must oppose all kinds of sexual immorality that conspire against marriage and the family. As Pope Pius XII declared, “Marriage alone safeguards the dignity of husband and wife and their good estate, and is of its nature the only guarantee of the children’s well-being.” To defend life we must uphold the sacred covenant of marriage.


We must also oppose contraception. It denies the primary purpose of marriage, which is procreation. Defending life includes opposing same-sex unions and the efforts to elevate this barren link to the status of life-giving marriage. Finally, when life is disregarded in its beginning, it is also attacked at its end as can be seen in the insistent promotion of euthanasia.

A Missing Core

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“it is one thing to fight against a culture of death, it is yet another to replace it with a different culture.”

All these opposing efforts must be an essential part of a successful pro-life struggle. However, it is one thing to fight against a culture of death, it is yet another to replace it with a different culture.

If we are to win this great battle, we must especially focus on restoring that vital core of values and principles that are incessantly attacked by our modern culture. We must play an active part in the restoration of this core lest it be lost.

For when this core is missing, things fall apart. Big government or big media are then not needed to destroy our moral values, institutions and our Christian roots. We actually help them do it. When there is no core, we ourselves open the doors, which allow a hostile culture to come charging in, undermining the family, morality and even economy. We ourselves initiate the processes whereby we start losing our freedoms, the economy becomes unraveled and the faith is destroyed in the souls of men. All this happens when there is no core and things become soulless.

Our society and culture become ever more soulless because people are caught up in what might be called the “frenetic intemperance” of our times. People come to desire everything immediately and effortlessly.

As a result, we have a culture that leads people to resent the very idea of restraint, especially sexual restraint. It further leads people to scorn the spiritual, religious, moral and cultural values that normally serve to order and temper society. Without this core, our society is heading for disaster.

Order: The First Need of the Soul

What is now being destroyed in society is a core of orienting principles that is called order.Russell Kirk said it best when he said: “Order is the first need of the soul.”

“Without order, one cannot be free,” continues Kirk. “Freedom, justice, law or virtue are all extremely important but order is the first and most basic need.”

If the pro-life struggle is to be truly effective, it must represent a return to order. Around the unborn child, we must raise a bulwark of order as our best defense against the aggressive culture of death.

When this framework of order exists, the influence of important institutions like family, community and Church can naturally serve as braking mechanisms that keep society in balance and facilitate the practice of virtue.

When there is order, it gives rise to “permanent things” such as those norms of courage, duty, honor, justice and charity that protect and give dignity to all life. It creates a society which owes its existence and authority not to markets or politicians — but to God Himself.

A Return to Order

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“We don’t have to invent an order. It already exists.”

Thus, we need a framework of order, but not just any order. There are all sorts of movements that propose order: socialist order, ecological order, and so many others that promise order yet fail to deliver it.

That is why we must return to order. We don’t have to invent an order. It already exists. It is nothing new. It is a social order that comes from our human nature itself, valid for all times and all peoples.

It is a social order that is not imposed; it cannot be regulated, stimulated or legislated into existence. It relies upon those natural regulating institutions inside society that always emerge when men resolve to unite in search of the common good. It is firmly based on the orienting principles of natural law, the Ten Commandments and rooted in the social institutions of family, community and faith. And although it applies to everyone, the Church is its best and most secure guardian.

The Best Expression of this Order

The best expression of this order is found in what can be called an organic Christian society — that same order that gave rise to the West. This organic Christian society is a return to our distant roots. It is where we came from. It is a society that historically existed in Christendom. It involves returning not to an historical past but a return to a core of ordering principles that brought us so many of the institutions that are now fading — rule of law, representative government, traditional family and subsidiarity.

What is needed is a Christian society. When an order is Christian it multiplies the possibilities of our action because we include God and His grace in partnership. The Christian ideal brings with it notions of charity, justice and dignity that simply did not exist in other civilizations. This makes it easier to practice virtue — especially the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance — and lays the foundation for true progress, freedom and prosperity — not only for Christians but also non-Christians.

A Framework of Order Is Needed

Let us therefore remember that our pro-life efforts need a framework of order that gives them support. The unborn child needs a bulwark of order as a defense against a hostile culture.

Once born, the child needs order, which is the first need of the soul. We need a social RTO-Audiobook-AD-medium-resorder since without this order there can be no freedom, justice, law or virtue.

When disorder rules, all can be justified in the name of an unbridled license to do whatever one wants. Every restraint is thrown off and a culture of death becomes possible. Our goal must not only be an offensive against this culture of death, but also a return to order. We need to go back to that vital core. With the help of God, such a return is not only necessary but possible. Let us redouble our efforts and pray so that we, like the prodigal son, may soon return to the Father’s house.

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Discouraging the Rise of Heroes

4233871770_85d5b0a794 copyWe live in an age of self-interest where each looks after his own pleasure and gratification. Ours is a culture that glorifies comfort, safety and health. It exudes carefree optimism, giving us the mistaken impression that we can somehow have perfect material happiness in this valley of tears. In such a climate, the hero seems to reproach society by engaging in risky adventures which most “sensible” people avoid.

Indeed, modernity does much to discourage such heroes from gaining too much influence. Robert Nisbet writes that, “The acids of modernity, which include equalitarianism, skepticism, and institutionalized ridicule in the popular arts, have eaten away much of the base on which heroism flourished.”

Yet another factor in the decline of heroes is what he calls “technology’s reorganization of the world has brought with it a certain built-in disenchantment.” (Robert Nisbet, Twilight of Authority, Indianapolis, Liberty Fund, 2000, p. 98.)

Subscription8.11That is to say that there must be a degree of enchantment and admiration for heroes and their feats to flourish. When technology dominates a culture, it turns the focus of fascination towards itself and away from the feats of men.

 

 

When the Home Becomes a Warehouse

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“This is where the retailer gains an added benefit from the consumer”

The constant trend in modern commerce is to transfer as much work as possible onto the customer and thus minimize expenses. Customers can therefore be seen labeling, checking out and bagging their purchases. They can order their purchases online and avoid all contact with humans. They can use their iPhone to compare prices and weigh their options. All these tasks are added to the load of today’s overworked and overshopped consumer.

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Few people, however, realize that the so-called warehouse clubs also are a great bargain for retailers. The large no-frills stores cut everything to a minimum by offering little-to-no floor help beyond shopping carts and optional cashiers. Most do not even provide bags since shoppers usually buy in bulk quantities well beyond their immediate needs.

This is where the retailer gains an added benefit from the consumer. With shoppers carrying out cases of canned food or multi-roll packages of paper towels, the warehouse clubs are finding new and free storage space.

Author Craig Lambert notes: “The customer’s home, in other words, becomes the RTO-Audiobook-AD-medium-resaftermarket warehouse. Instead of leasing space somewhere to stock inventory, Costco stores it, free of charge in the customer’s basement, after the sale instead of before it” (from Craig Lambert, Shadow Work: The Unpaid, Unseen Jobs that Fill Your Day, Counterpoint, Berkeley, 2015, p. 170).

What Is Individualism’s Effect on Society?

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Alexis de Tocqueville in his nineteenth century classic study, Democracy in America, explained how it manifests itself. He writes: “Individualism is a calm and considered feeling which disposes each citizen to isolate himself from the mass of his fellows and withdraw into the circle of family and friends; with this little society formed to his taste, he gladly leaves the greater society to look after itself.”

 

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