Mennonite parents coerce (dominate or control) children (by force, intimidation or authority) to learned the Mennonite way of life. Without regard for individual desire or volition )
“to coerce” obedience. They could exploit fear, anxiety, etc..
individualism — as represented by laissez-faire capitalism — is the expression of the ethics of rational self-interest.
That each of uscould pursue our own happiness and goals, and that we would be free to do so with limited interference
Self-interest: 1. a concern for one's own advantage and well-being <acted out of self–interest and fear> 2: one's own interest or advantage <self–interest requires that we be generous in foreign aid>
If you don't pursue what is in your own interest, then you are not taking care ofyourself. You do not have to pursue your own interest at the expense of someone else. An example of self interest is "It is in your own self interest to do the best job you can at work" (I guess it would be phrased "your own best interest to do the best job you can") Self interest is what motivates us to get up in the morning and find time to do what we like doing- painting the best painting,writing the best song, taking a class that interests us, or making money so that we can live comfortably.
I think the argument is between "respect for the individual" as opposed to "the common good" Certainly it is nice to do something good for someone else, and happy people will likely help someone else, but if we are coerced into thinking it is selfish to want to pursue our own interest, then weare a "slave" to someone else's idea of how we should spend our time.
To always be doing something that is in someone else's interest, at some point our spirit would sink- we have to have a balance between caring about our self and caring about others. self-interest has no moral value attached to it....we all need be involved in our own self interest for our very survival.
Acting in the waythat is most personally beneficial. Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, famously explained that it is possible to achieve the best economic benefit for all even when, and in fact because, individuals tend to act in their own self-interest.
Individualism is at once an ethical-psychological concept and an ethical-political one.
As an ethical-psychological concept, individualism holds thata human being should think and judge independently, respecting nothing more than the sovereignty of his or her mind; thus, it is intimately connected with the concept of autonomy.
As an ethical-political concept, individualism upholds the supremacy of individual rights, the principle that a human being is an end in him- or herself, and that the proper goal of life is self-realization.
Theessence of the social system entailed by the ethics I have been developing is contained in a single principle: No person or group of persons may seek to gain values from others by the use of physical force — in other words, the principle of voluntarism.
When human beings enter into social relationships, when they choose to deal with one another, they face a fundamental alternative: to deal by means ofreason, or to deal by means of force. This alternative is inescapable: either a person seeks to gain values from others by their voluntary consent, by persuasion, by appealing to their mind, or a person seeks to gain values without the voluntary consent of the owner, which means by coercion or fraud. This, I submit, is the issue at the base of all social relationships and all political systems.It is at the mind that every gun is aimed. Every use of force is the attempt to compel a person to act against his or her judgment; if the person were willing to take the action, force would not be required.
The person who resorts to the initiation of force seeks to gain a value by so doing; the person who retaliates in self-protection seeks not to gain a value, but to keep a value that is...