If the cultural elite has its way, the U.S. will be much more like Europe.
If you say simply that pressures toward democracy are created by the market, I would say yes.
We also have a cultural phenomenon: the emergence of a global culture, or of cultural globalization.
In a market economy, however, the individual has some possibility of escaping from the power of the state.
Some people think that as the Chinese economy becomes more and more capitalistic it will inevitably become more democratic.
The negative side to globalization is that it wipes out entire economic systems and in doing so wipes out the accompanying culture.
Even in a society as tightly controlled as Singapore's, the market creates certain forces which perhaps in the long run may lead to democracy.
The problem with liberal Protestantism in America is not that it has not been orthodox enough, but that it has lost a lot of religious substance.
One can't understand the Christian Right and similar movements unless one sees them as reactive - they're reacting to what they call secular humanism.
Even if one is interested only in one's own society, which is one's prerogative, one can understand that society much better by comparing it with others.