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Rick Santorum Denounced Personal Autonomy, Individualism

The Tea Party voters, who Rick Santorum is avidly courting, probably won't like to hear this: Santorum worries about the threats from individualism, personal autonomy, and libertarianism according to a 2005 NPR interview.

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"One of the criticisms I make is to what I refer to as more of a libertarianish right. You know, the left has gone so far left and the right in some respects has gone so far right that they touch each other. They come around in the circle. This whole idea of personal autonomy, well I don’t think most conservatives hold that point of view. Some do. They have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do, government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulations low, that we shouldn’t get involved in the bedroom, we shouldn’t get involved in cultural issues. You know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world and I think most conservatives understand that individuals can’t go it alone. That there is no such society that I am aware of, where we’ve had radical individualism and that it succeeds as a culture."

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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