from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The social position of being noncommittal to or uninvolved with anything other than one's own immediate interests and lifestyle.

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  • n. The social position of being concerned with issues only as far as they affect one as an individual


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  • Escalating privatism, materialism, organizational hierarchy, and conformity were troubling, but the cure was always to strive harder and reap the rewards for good behavior.

    James Block: From Occupy to Progressive Renewal: Demanding the Just Society

  • The Pope further warns against the overextension of welfare policies; if solidarity---which in this case means social assistance programs---fail to take into account subsidiarity, or vice versa, it will descend into "paternalistic social assistance" or "social privatism."

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • In his essay “The Tragedy of the Commons,” Garrett Hardin envisioned only two ways to save the commons: statism and privatism.

    Capitalism 3.0~ Chapter 3

  • Studies of Internet and community have found that information and communication technologies provide new opportunities for social interaction, but that it may also increase privatism by isolating people in their homes.

    Smart Mobs » Blog Archive » New study on effects of Internet use on social networks & neighborhoods

  • If an “unmanaged commons” is inevitably self-destructive, and a “managed commons” is, by definition, either socialism or privatism, we are still left with only three alternatives: tragedy, statism, or privatism.

    Capitalism 3.0~ Chapter 1

  • Arrington's subsidiary themes concern Young's efforts to separate God's chosen people from the corrupt Gentile world and to build a self-sufficient society based on economic cooperation, as opposed to the individualism and privatism of American society at large.

    Secrets of the Mormons

  • (We prefer the concept privatism to narcissism or hedonism because it doesn't seem quite as value-laden.)

    Prime Time Preachers: The Rising Power of Televangelism; with an Introduction by T George Harris

  • We must explain their affectlessness by their institutions, the centralizing social organization, competitive economy, suburban privatism, processing schooling, consumer ideology, prejudices; in brief, by the American way of life which is a cotton-batting against the flesh-and-blood reality of their actions.

    Victims of Hiroshima

  • This essay argues that behind the ostensible nuptial privatism of the mid-nineteenth century lay a self-conscious policy of judicial governance.

    Legal History Blog

  • Baltimore lagged behind the other American metropolises because of its culture of privatism and the politicization of its municipal administration.

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]


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