The United States Of America

851 WordsOct 23, 20154 Pages
The United States of America is a state full of mixtures of beliefs on politics and much more. As a state, we started out with very traditional values in our culture. Our culture is focused on many things such as freedom but we are preoccupied with our rights due to the freedoms which puts limits on what we do as a state. Being a traditional state, we started out as a materialistic mind set rather than post-materialistic. As the United States has aged, the people and culture have changed to a more post-materialistic outlook on issues. Ronald Inglehart developed an observation between countries and their standpoints of their outlook on political culture. There are two different variables making up a value map: traditional vs. secular/rational and survival vs. self-expression. “Traditional vs. secular/rational. Societies that are very traditional value religion highly, and tend to emphasize deference to authority, value the family as a core social structure, and reject divorce, abortion, euthanasia, and suicide. Secular/rational societies are the opposite. Survival vs. self-expression. Societies that are very poor emphasize especially security and survival; they emphasize economic security, freedom from crime, and other types of personal security that are often lacking under conditions of poverty…” (Shivey, pg. 184) The United States is under the self-expression and the traditional spectrum. As a country we have valued our religion, family, and authority quite highly. There

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