The belief that all individuals, or nearly all individuals, can succeed on their own and that government help for people should be minimal. The phrase is often associated with policies of the Republican party and was widely used by the Republican president Herbert Hoover. The phrase was later used in scorn by the Democratic presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman to refer to the disasters of Hoover's administration, during which the stock market Crash of 1929 occurred and the Great Depression began.
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A more rugged version of American masculinity is hard to find on screen.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He called out the conformism hiding in the pose of rugged individuality.Glenn Beck Is Now Selling Hipster Clothes. Really.|Ana Marie Cox|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Utah, USA Brigham Young was definitely onto something when he sought to build his Mormon “Zion” in the rugged hinterland of Utah.
But what both men had in common was a streak of rugged individualism, stubbornness, and personal vision.
By sticking to the variation you hold by, there is individualism.The Rise and Fall…and Rise Again of the Old-Fashioned|Allison McNearney|June 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Certainly there are no five miles equal in rugged grandeur to those beginning just below and ending above West Point.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
They crossed the bridge and rode up the gently rising, bare, and rugged ground towards Condillac.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Ripperda roused himself from his portentous trance, and arrayed his noble figure in the rugged habiliments of the muleteer.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Undoubtedly his existence is a product of the system, a pathological product, a kind of elephantiasis of individualism.
The narrow individualism of the nineteenth century refused to recognize the social duty of supporting somebody else's grandmother.