Always interesting to see how much one’s position affects the interpretation of ideas.
As a liberal I distance myself from individualism. We are social animals but we have to recognise that at the core, it has to be ground up.
Liberalism isn’t the promotion of individualism but a defence against it: As people are too short-sighted to see their interests bound to the common good, power held by the few over the many will be abused, hence democracy and the freedom of the individual.
As citizens, the greater our stake in society, individual enfranchisement, the more socially aware we become, whereas selfishness is a natural reaction to impotence and isolation, being governed by an other.