The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"As soon as any man says of the affairs of the State,' what does it matter to me? 'the State may be given up for lost."

How does it relate to the American democracy?

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This reflects people only thinking about themselves rather than the country. Once people forsake the needs of their own country for individual interests, the country is lost and democracy does not make the country strong.

how does this relate to america today?