demands personal effort and stimulates great energy to achieve!
it provides little encouragement for nurturance,
taking a sink-or-swim approach to moral development as well as to economic success.
It admires toughness and strength!
and fears softness and weakness.
It adulates winners!
while showing contempt for losers,
a contempt that can descend with crushing weight on those considered, either by others or by themselves, to be moral or social failures.
—Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Committment in Public Life, Robert Bellah, et al, Editors, p. xiv. Exclamation points and italics mine. Reformatted for readability.