Is individualism bad for society?

Everything from social fragmentation to the economic crisis, and the riots that broke out across English cities in the summer, have been blamed on a modern ‘cult of individualism’.  But isn’t there something to be said for individualism? Strong individuals have been admired for their courage and imagination and valued for their unique contributions to society. Speakers in this debate filmed at the Battle of Ideas bring fresh thinking and include Dr Maurice Glasman, author, Unnecessary Suffering: managing market utopia; Clifford Longley, leader writer and columnist, Tablet; John Sutherland, author, The Lives of the Novelists; Bruno Waterfield, Brussels correspondent, Daily Telegraph; author, No Means No!