Steve McIntosh’s new book, Developmental Politics—How America Can Grow Into a Better Version of Itself, is now shipping from Amazon. If you want to see a better version of American politics, this is the book for you. Developmental Politics provides the fresh thinking we need to transcend America’s contemporary political impasse.
In connection with the book’s launch, Steve has written two op-eds that may be of interest:
This op-ed argues that the rise of progressive culture represents an important step in the evolution of American society. But the disruptive effects of this cultural emergence are now pressuring us to take the next step in our social evolution. And this next step will be found through an inclusive new political stance that can recognize the interdependence of America’s three major worldviews, and thereby affirm the full spectrum of positive American values.
This op-ed addresses progressives, arguing that it is within their power to persuade a politically significant number of evangelical Christians to forego voting for Donald Trump. That is, if progressives showed more cultural sensitivity toward Christian traditionalists, even while continuing to oppose them politically, this would help ameliorate the hyper-polarization that has led to the rise of Trumpism.
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Has progressive postmodernism emerged as a historically significant new worldview comparable to modernity and traditionalism? Social psychologists and political scientists can’t seem to see it clearly. If social science existed in 1790, would it have detected the Enlightenment?
Post-progressivism can help progressive culture mature and evolve by extending its caring & inclusive values to include the concerns and commitments of modernists and traditionalists. And progressives can thus evolve by using *cultural intelligence* to affirm our interdependence.
By eschewing the horizontal continuum of left and right, post-progressivism is charting a vertical dimension of normative growth leading to a more evolved form of politics. This strategy for ameliorating polarization works by synthesizing values from across the political spectrum
Read my new article in Areo Magazine: “Towards a Post-Progressive Political Perspective.” This 1,200 word article discusses the goals of post-progressive politics and outlines its method of “cultural intelligence.” https://areomagazine.com/2020/05/20/towards-a-post-progressive-political-perspective/
Please join me live on “The Virtual Philosophy Salon,” tomorrow night, Monday 5/18 at 8PM ET. I’ll be discussing my new book *Developmental Politics* and taking comments and questions about the emerging “post-progressive political perspective.” https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-philosophy-salon-conversations-with-professional-intellectuals-tickets-105037746728?fbclid=IwAR0UIr33HOV4_OjlFNSAvL_GpLhob06B9GglWKvAgOYK61retrTQw0RX5gA