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Evidence For Individualism

An argument often made for individualism is that while humanity as a whole (or collective) b is a pretty sorry lot, it is always redeemed by a few exceptional individuals.

That argument can also be made for smaller groups. For instance, here is a rather depressing news article about America's youth:

Can US compete if only 32 percent of students are proficient in math?

and here is one about an exceptional 13-year-old:

How a 13-Year-Old Revolutionized Solar Cell Efficiency