The American Creed

  • Melvyn L. Fein
Part of the Clinical Sociology book series (CSRP)


A moral unease has crept into the American psyche. Political speeches, earnest books, and even fireside conversations are laced with speculation that our moral standards are in a state of decay. A nostalgia for the “good old days, ” when it was possible to leave one’s front door unlocked, is contrasted with a rise in drive-by shootings and “gangsta” rap. Comparisons with the decline of the Roman Empire spring to mind and we wonder if we too are experiencing the sort of decadence Edward Gibbon1so richly recorded. Has the pre-eminence of being the world’s only remaining superpower allowed us to lose our bearings and encouraged us to devote ourselves to profligate pleasures—the equivalent, as it were, of dining on peacock tongues and quail eggs?


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The American Creed

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  • Melvyn L. Fein
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  1. 1.Kennesaw State UniversityKennesaw

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