American values are not absolutes but are tempered by logic, common sense and prudent, moderate frameworks. Just as you don’t have the freedom to yell “Fire” in a crowded theaters, there are limits to other values as well. Clearly, equality and liberty can not co-exist next to each other without some sort of modification. Because liberty would imply the freedom to get ahead of your fellow man, and equality would then need to be imposed by force.
Capitalism, as well, does not exist in a pure, unadulterated form as Americans agree on the need for regulations to protect the American consumer and ensure other values are upheld as well, such as environmental protections and bans on children’s labor.
The ways to regulate capitalism represent much of the differences between our two major parties, with Democrats widely agreeing on the need to protect minority rights, both for ethnic groups and to prevent a tyranny of the majority. Republicans, on the other hand, emphasize hard individualism with many left to sink or swim on their own.
The nuances between individualism and protection of the general public can also be found in other areas as well such as civil rights laws, bans on hate speech, food and drug inspections and other areas. There is more common ground in these areas than you might think, giving hope for some bipartisan cooperation in the years to come.