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This book was created as a culmination of some of the most influential minds pertaining to the topic of culture As a milestone for progress in the new millennium this controversial debate of the constantly intertwined views Culture politics economics and democratization takes a subjective view on the achievement or failure of various countries in an ever shifting society The author states that culture is The values attitudes beliefs orientations and underlying assumptions prevalent among people in a society Harrison XV The idea that the success of society depends on culture and not politics is a concept that is instilled throughout the book as well as the idea that politics can change a culture and save it from falling apart For example the dependence on culture as opposed to politics is centered to the republican view in our United States government system Republicans believe that cultural values are paramount to the advancement of society in that the republicans are opposed to social reform such as gays in the military and gun laws and generally the values that our nation and more importantly our culture has instilled in us since the nations founding On the other end of the spectrum there is the democratic perspective that states politics can change a culture and save it from falling apart For instance democratic ideology in the United States takes a liberal stance in 2 politics saying that the more laws that are created to challenge the mainstream culture the more acceptance we will have towards their views therefore the more progress towards a changed culture for the better For example if they make a law about gays in the military saying it is ok to integrate them into the mainstream of society then over time culture will adapt to the liberals view of how society should progress thus making politics the stage for cultural advancement This argument politics vs culture is exemplified in Pyes article on Asian
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