Caucuses for the “Future Left” and “Future Right”



Audio recording for the December 3, 2014 Teleconference:

A Virtual Caucus on the “Future of the Right”

Recorded on December 3, 2014, this caucus call teleconference explores a vision of the “Future of the Right.” The recording features our esteemed panelists Steven Hayward, Rich Tafel, and Michael Zimmerman, together with your hosts Steve McIntosh and Carter Phipps.

(or download MP3 version 26.3MB zipped)

This was the second in our series of teleconference caucuses on the future of American politics. Our inaugural caucus on the “Future of the Left,” from October 25th, is also available as an audio recording below. ICE is neither Left, nor Right, nor centrist, so these teleconferences on the Left and the Right do not express the views of our think tank by themselves. But if we are going to help evolve politics, we need to focus on improving both sides of the spectrum.

As explained in our recent white paper, Depolarizing the American Mind, the political polarity of Left and Right is relatively permanent and existential, continuing to reappear in new form as society changes and evolves. Our approach accordingly seeks to anticipate the future state of these existential political positions by describing the form that the “Future Left” and “Future Right” will likely take in the decades ahead.


Audio recording for the October 25, 2014 Teleconference:

A Virtual Caucus on the “Future of the Left”

Recorded on October 25, 2014 this caucus call teleconference explores a vision of the “Future Left.” The recording features our esteemed panelists Elizabeth Debold and Terry Patten, together with your hosts Steve McIntosh and Carter Phipps.

(or download MP3 version 26.8MB zipped)

As explained in our recent white paper, Depolarizing the American Mind, the political polarity of Left and Right is relatively permanent and existential, continuing to reappear in new form as society changes and evolves. Our approach accordingly seeks to anticipate the future state of these existential political positions by describing the form that the “Future Left” and “Future Right” will likely take in the decades ahead. On this inaugural caucus call we focused on defining and developing a more positive and optimistic “future political stance” for those on the Left.

What is The Future Left?

An evolutionary principle for working with positive-positive existential polarities, such as “liberal and conservative,” is that each pole needs the other for its own further and fuller development. If one pole dominates or vanquishes the other, pathology is the inevitable result. Applied to politics, this principle indicates that the most sound and politically effective liberal and progressive positions will be those that integrate legitimate conservative values, while still remaining true to their original progressive values. Conservative values can serve to improve liberal positions by challenging and moderating such positions in a way that makes them stronger. The same can be said about the role of liberal values in strengthening conservative positions.

By helping progressive politics move from a position of antithesis, which rejects many of the values of the rest of American society, to a more synthetic position that can better value what America has achieved, we hope to contribute to the emergence of progressive political positions that are able to overcome polarization and accomplish many of their laudable political goals. As described in Depolarizing the American Mind, we are working to evolve the overall consciousness of the American electorate by increasing the quality and quantity of what people are able to value.

 

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