“The excesses of self in culture”

Daniel Bell, in The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism from 1976…

“…acknowledges that, without the restraining effect of religion, the idea of liberty that once informed capitalism and democracy was in danger of giving way to an ideal of liberation that celebrated hedonism as the highest good. “Though bourgeois society approved of rampant individualism in economics, it feared the excesses of self in culture, and sought to inhibit them.” But such inhibition is no longer tolerable, in part because of the marginalization of confident religious convictions.” — quoted in Bobos, but Not Paradise, by Ken Myers