We seemed to be, however, testing the validity of that concept in two ways these days. First, the emphasis on multiculturalism is weakening the call of the many to become part of the one. Instead of a melting pot, we are becoming crazy quilt of different fabrics, each competing for their share. Secondly, by focusing on the needs of society, the needs of the many, individual rights have weakened and personal achievement is being discouraged.
The United States was built on the balance of the two, of the many and of the one. We rewarded rugged individualism while protecting, and providing, for the needs of the many. Civil society, we believed, was only possible because of voluntary community.
Take Away: Freedom is possible only when the one and the many balance each other.