Your Own Bootstraps:

Basically, an anti-community sentiment popularized in the popular post-civil war rags-to-riches  stories of Horatio Alger. The implication (at least regarding the current narrative) is that your success is entirely controlled by your own actions, and if you need anyone else to help you, you’re weak, a filthy, commie Red, or both.  It’s been so widely discredited for so long by so many social theorists that it’s practically a joke in those circles, but it remains a common and popular ideological antidote to the natural, human concept of getting together with your friends to help each other out.   Sadly, many musicians feel as if they owe nothing to anybody except themselves.    


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