The belief that all individuals, or nearly all individuals, can succeed on their own and that government help for people should be minimal. The phrase is often associated with policies of the Republican party and was widely used by the Republican president Herbert Hoover. The phrase was later used in scorn by the Democratic presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman to refer to the disasters of Hoover's administration, during which the stock market Crash of 1929 occurred and the Great Depression began.
We are the land of meritocracy, rugged individualism and equal opportunity.
What, in other words, are the limits of rugged individualism?
I convinced myself there was something virtuous about my rugged individualism.
But what both men had in common was a streak of rugged individualism, stubbornness, and personal vision.