So, I hear this about Americans all the time, that they're so individualist, etc.
How do you square that with their reverence for the military, cops, etc, etc? Even 'normal' American workplaces seem much more controlling than European ones. Part of me does wonder if Americans think of themselves as very individual, and perhaps they are for the hour or so a day they have at home, but actually live in an incredibly controlling and conformist society.
I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing - I feel like things such as the American work ethic partially stem from this - but I don't believe the individualist society story Americans like to tell themselves.