It seems to me that It is very important to remember that before the founding of this nation very independent thinking men became dissatisfied with rulers and struck out for a foreign shore. Since the founding of this country, it was imaginative individuals as entrepreneurs working, always with risk, toward a common goal through voluntary cooperation in both concept and spirit. Team work had very little importance in the founding of this nation. It was individual freemen that made this nation the strongest in the world: it was the concepts of individual strengths and the spirit of freedom that made an American who he was. To be sure there were communities which had various common functions; blacksmith, butcher, baker, candle stick maker, reverend, and often a bookbinder or printer of news. They all had weapons of one sort or another and when aggression occurred defended their family and home. On the occasion of threat to their community they band together as a militia to defend their communities.
Because of the type of mandatory education today, people have been trained to rely on government, not themselves for defense. Today there is more and more reliance on the government for almost everything including permissions. Americans in general have been trained to be various kinds of workers or soldiers. Thinking along this path leads to socialism. This kind of society requires group thinking, standardized actions, and regulated activities. Team work is only important in highly structured social undertakings; the minuet, Virginia reel, football, soccer are some of the things that come to mind. Lock-step thinking and behavior becomes most important in successful social civilizations; colonies of ants, colonies of termites, colonies of bees, are successful due to the queens ability to produce an almost unlimited number of kinds of workers and soldiers controlled by chemical entrainment. Who wishes to strive to be an ant, termite, or a bee?
The various human attempts at hard core socialism have historically failed. These societies failed because they, by necessity, are controlled by the few who spend some amount of time on remaining in control and this inevitably leads to the people feeling disenfranchised in regard to the exercise of control over their own lives. These types of societies leave little or no place for individual imagination and improvement in their station of life. This inequitable and imbalanced condition becomes a generalized dissatisfaction with their station in life and a seeming paradox occurs. The people rely on government for solutions.
The situation in America, relying on government, for direction and safety when perceived threats are seemingly detected has become psychologically epidemic and endemic in the way Americans think. Americans have in one way or another allowed fewer freedoms, liberties, and rights to insure their safety from an ill defined aggressor. How safe are we... really?