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Americans continue to believe in "myth of individualism," but anthropologist argues that's "contrary to our evolved human nature as social animals".

"We will certainly hear it said many times between now and the 2016 elections that the country’s two main political parties have “fundamental philosophical differences.” But what exactly does that mean? At least part of the schism between Republicans and Democrats is based in differing conceptions of the role of the individual. We find these differences expressed in the frequent heated arguments about crucial issues like health care and immigration." -- John Edward Terrell, the New York Times

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