A lot of people on this forum as well as others form part of RW and most of us agree on individual freedom. But individual freedom extracts its cost and probably India would not like to repeat the mistakes of other developed nations if possible. Going down the path of brash individualism and consumerism, the west is suffering from the problems like small birth rates, divorce, single parents etc. A lot of money in the economy goes into wasteful expenditures of sorting out family feuds. The way I see the problems with loss of family values: - High divorce rates - Low birth rates - Single parent households leading to adverse effect on kids - Expenditure on wasteful activities to settle family feuds - Low savings rate because each individual takes care of himself I am not sure the list is exhaustive. But there are many problems with this lifestyle. Also, going down this path and subverting family values, allows govt. to walk into our living rooms through various policies in the garb of supporting single women or kids. This forces govt. to become more socialist and engage in even more wasteful expenditures and more taxation. Thus people start voting again through their stomach rather than their heads. So the question is- how can India defend its family values and still be individualistic? How can we manage a healthy RW and at the same time stay close to our cultural ethos? I will quote below a discussion between @Bangalorean and me on another thread to give you a flavour of the problem. We want to reconcile free market system and still have a moralistic society.