If self-reliance is your ideal, then it makes little sense to ask the government to implement policies which are conducive to the realization of that idea. If a philosophy based on self-reliance gets results, it will also gain adherents, with or without government sanction and support. Furthermore, it’s extraordinarily hypocritical to profess belief in personal responsibility while laying the blame of all of society’s ills at the feet of those who supposedly lack that belief.
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