The Institute for Cultural Evolution does not officially endorse candidates for public office. But as the president of this organization I feel obligated to express my personal opinion regarding the crucial need for every American to vote for Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump is not only a threat to the government and people of the United States, he is also a threat to democracy itself. If Trump becomes president the world’s oldest democracy will be humiliated for having failed to elect a responsible leader. Moreover, in the event of a Trump victory, activists in China, Russia, and the Islamic world who aspire to bring about authentically democratic forms of government in their own countries will be discouraged and disempowered.
Whatever the merits or demerits of Clinton, she is the only one who can defeat Trump. She thus deserves our support at the polls. Even if you live in a state where the outcome is relatively certain, and even if Trump’s electoral victory seems unlikely, the larger the margin by which Trump is defeated, the more future versions of “Trumpism” will be deterred.
Thank you for appreciating the serious threat we face, and for voting to defeat Trump in the coming election.
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From Developmental Politics: “Taking an evolutionary perspective on our political problems helps reframe our hyper-polarized political condition as a golden opportunity to bring about the next emergent level of our civilization’s development.”
From Developmental Politics: “The higher purposes which we recognize as *transcendent* have a kind of magnetic power that draws us forward. As Oxford philosopher Iris Murdoch wrote, ‘we are spiritual creatures, attracted by excellence and made for the Good.’”
Emerson’s insight, that “every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact,” reveals the connection between exterior physical energy and interior ‘value energy.’ In fact, ‘the good’ in itself can be most accurately conceived of as an upward current of perfecting energy.
Although every infant begins life with the same basic form of biological “human nature,” the extent to which their consciousness develops is largely determined by the culture in which they are raised. Human nature itself thus evolves through the evolution of human culture.
Managing the polarity of liberal and conservative values is not simply a matter of meeting in the middle or compromising. Working to both challenge and *support* our political opponents is a new approach to politics that is pragmatic and transformational at the same time.