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Alienation: The Short Version

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In terms of cultural ideals, less so in terms of cultural practices which reflected the European class system, 18th century American society and European society of the same era were much alike. As of now American society is just too atomized for such sociability occasions to occur on a regular basis and Americans, in their competitive individualism, tend to find such fawning demeaning. There are many societies where a sense of social order maintained by a religious tradition, when that tradition declined, nevertheless coasted along on the basis of sheer cultural conformity, nationalism in fact. Improving the moral quality and ability of elites as a substitute for just keeping even more power out of their hands is considered a viable alternative to tyranny in some societies, but not in America.

Keywords: American society; European society; individualism; sociability

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