In our campaign to ameliorate political polarization, we have found our best leverage on this issue by working to evolve the Right and the Left independently on their own terms. This has led to our current efforts to advance a vision of both the “Future of the Right” and the “Future of the Left.” And our efforts are now beginning to get national attention. ICE’s recently completed Conclave on the Future of the Right just received press coverage in the Washington-based centrist publication, The National Journal. Check out the article (which has now been picked up by the Atlantic Magazine) entitled, Beyond the Culture Wars an Unconventional Summit on the Future of the Right.
The event was held at the Austin, Texas ranch of ICE Senior Fellow and Director John Mackey, Co-CEO of Whole Foods Markets. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and was especially impressed by the beauty of the Texas Hill Country, with its majestic Live Oak trees and abundant natural springs. I made a variety of new friends and connections and was heartened to see how sincerely folks on the Right want to help our country and improve their own party. The success of ICE’s Future Right Conclave has now set the stage for a similar gathering on the Future of the Left, which we are planning for the first quarter of 2016. Stay tuned …
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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.
On the new Growing Down Podcast, Jeremy Johnson, Ryan Nakade, Matt Hudkins, and I discuss the intersection of progressive politics and developmental politics. We focus on how progressive politics can benefit from an integral perspective. https://anchor.fm/growing-down/episodes/3--Developmental-Politics-ft--Steve-McIntosh-Interview-Series-ec5914/a-a1qcs3g