It is our individual freedoms that make our standard of living possible and which allow us to choose our own values as goals in our own lives. We must never allow anyone else to take over the management of our own lives. Unfortunately, most Americans do want to exercise some control over the lives of other Americans, without even the obligation of knowing those they would dictate terms to and very often while knowing they are actually harming some, usually with the excuse that it is for the "greater good." The "greater good" is always the demon that devours our individual freedoms and self-ownership. The only greater good any of us actually share in common is our own liberty. Other than that, we need the freedom to think and act independently and the freedom to associate with others as we choose. It is those freedoms that then allow us the freedom to cooperate with others. Individual freedom is not anti-social as many try to portray it. Individual freedom is the means to make ourselves individually valuable and worthy of the respect and cooperation of others.