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As more Americans grow tired of the warped culture and government programs that are tilted ruthlessly against the middle class, more Americans “opt out” and go into isolation. This article examines the phenomenon, and also points out, “How we opt out makes a difference.” Do you opt out virtuously, like St. Benedict? Or selfishly, like Thoreau?

If you choose to opt out, consider St. Benedict’s path . . . the path of community. Just make it a small community: your family, your town. Heck, maybe just start by being nice to your spouse.