We are pleased to announce the official launch of our new content-hub website designed to highlight the emerging post-progressive perspective, the Post-Progressive Post!
It is our sincere hope that this new site, and the perspective it promotes, can help ameliorate the political hyperpolarization that prevents us from solving the mounting challenges facing our country and our world.
While there are many interesting approaches to addressing hyperpolarization currently being offered, we believe that all of them, to a greater or lesser degree, neglect the current driver of our political polarization: cultural evolution. By learning to see how culture evolves over time in response to shifting values, we believe that we can address our political differences in a way that is integrative rather than adversarial.
We believe there are many Americans who currently feel politically homeless as a result of the rancor and division they see in our country, and who are ready to try on the new cultural/political perspective which we call post-progressivism. This site aims to advance post-progressivism and achieve the following goals:
To accomplish this, we have designed this site to be both accessible and comprehensive. For those just curious about what this new approach is about, we have distilled the post-progressive perspective down to simple infographics that provide a quick sense of what it is and how it can help you to make better sense of the culture war.
For those who are coming to post-progressivism from an already strong allegiance to a particular political ideology, we provide “our invitation to all sides” pages that show how post-progressivism attempts to include their highest values.
For those who are looking for complexity and nuance in a world of one-sided, oversimplified perspectives, we offer long-form articles that stretch their thinking.
For those who want to see a post-progressive perspective applied to our country’s most intractable policy debates, we offer a growing list of win-win-win issue positions that integrate the values of the three major worldviews that are battling it out in the culture war.
And finally, for those who already consider themselves post-progressive, we offer multiple ways to engage in dialogue with others around these ideas.
Please enjoy the site! We will be regularly updating it with new posts, articles, and features, so we invite you to bookmark the Post-Progressive Post, and return often to see what is new on the leading edge of politics and culture!
— Josh Leonard, Executive Director of the Institute for Cultural Evolution
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Polarity #4 is MERCY & JUSTICE. Mercy for the individual becomes unjust without concern for the good of the whole. And to be truly virtuous, justice must be balanced with care for each person.
Polarity #3 is COMPETITION & COOPERATION. One without the other can become problematic. But when both of these are brought together in a mutually correcting relationship that provides for both *challenge and support,* the value-creating potential of each side is maximized.
Polarity #2 is REAL & IDEAL. Each pole needs the other. Realism alone can lead to a cynical acceptance of a dysfunctional status quo. And unrealistic idealism can result in ineffectual wishful thinking. But through mutual co-correction they can fortify our power to improve things
In this new article by Carter Phipps, he asks where 50 years of "I'll do me and you do you" has gotten us.
This tweet is the first in a series of our favorite positive-positive interdependent polarities: LIBERTY & EQUALITY. These two values need each other to maximize their value creating capacity. Through a dynamic relationship of challenge and support, each pole trues-up the other.