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Is enculturation is a good thing or a bad thing in terms of individuality and freedom of expression?

I am a student in a grad school in New York City and recently came across the concept of Enculturation. Coming from India, a country that is rich in culture and has strictly defined 'rules' in society in terms of acceptable behavior and habits I was forced to question if enculturation has more positive or negative impact on a individual when it comes down to developing a sense of individuality and freedom to express opinions.


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  • Nov 15 2013: There is no Doubespeak in my comment. What you call my grievance speaks directly to enculturation.

    I was once an elected middle-of-the-road Republican common councilman for a northeast city of 79,000, not far from Manhattan. As a fiscal conservative councilman, I believed that good government is the result of good management of our social obligations for the good of all the citizens of the community, not just the one's who elected me. What I discovered is that government cannot address the needs of both the individual and the majority equally or with the same degree of fairness. Any decision I made, no matter how I balanced the pros and cons, and what is best for all, one group always benefited at the expense of another. What one group or individual considers good, harms another individual or group. Thus, the only reasonable solution is to address the majority with some considerations made to fit the needs of the minority. However, those that elected me had expectations of pushing their agenda.

    To say the U.S. is a democracy is a fallacy. What we are is a Republic with democratic principles. In a sense a utopia. A government run by an elite group chosen by the people within constraints controlled by those who fund the political campaigns. The problem we now face is that we are too self-centered. We all want that purer community based on our individual or group perspective rather than a perspective of what is fair and just as a society of mixed beliefs and values.

    According to Howard Paxton's landmark study "The Anatomy of Fascism" the one of the signs of fascism is "The primacy of the group, toward which one has duties superior in every right, both universal and personal, and subordination of the individual to it. Subordinate all kinds of civil rights and free speech to the patriotic identity." and, "The belief that the group is victimized, which justifies any action without legal or moral limits against the groups perceived enemies, both internal and external."

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