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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How to use rugged individualism in a sentence
But what both men had in common was a streak of rugged individualism, stubbornness, and personal vision.
I convinced myself there was something virtuous about my rugged individualism.
What, in other words, are the limits of rugged individualism?American Dreams: ‘The Mosquito Coast’ by Paul Theroux | Nathaniel Rich | September 20, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
We are the land of meritocracy, rugged individualism and equal opportunity.
As a general thing, the new Mosby recruit was a man of high intelligence, reckless bravery and ultra-rugged individualism.Rebel Raider | H. Beam Piper