By Peter Brimelow
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Civil society is nevertheless composed of activities conducted freely and supported privately, rather than through the coercive mechanisms 22 CHAPTER 1 of government. It is the centrality of civil society to the vitality of democracy from the bottom up, so to speak, that necessitates the attention we so often pay to questions about civic renewal. The most basic way in which civic renewal takes place is through the transmission of values from one generation to the next. Transmission of this kind happens through families and is the reason that strong families are so often mentioned as a critical component of civil society.
More deliberate planning by far went into the second period of redefinition than into the first. Yet neither could be regarded as a time in which Americans consciously set out to reinvent themselves or their nation. The reinvention happened as an unanticipated but necessary consequence of efforts devoted to realizing the higher aims of the society, whether in bringing into being a more stable and truly representative democracy or in mobilizing that democracy in the struggle against totalitarianism.
People knowingly or unknowingly imitated one another. Too much conformity means being like everyone else and thus not realizing one’s particular talents. The society loses because people do not develop their special gifts. It also means that people do not think for themselves. Not only did people become like everyone else, they also desired alikeness (and thus gave up their freedom). Conformity helped the society to run smoothly but was not good for the individual. ” People were so much alike that they could be lumped together into single national or cultural types.
Alien Nation: Common Sense About America's Immigration Disaster by Peter Brimelow