Rich Tafel, founder of the Log Cabin Republicans and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Cultural Evolution, took the stage today in a Politico forum panel at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The Politico panel, titled Ruin or Renewal? The Future of the Republican Party, focused on some of the key issues ICE is working on. In the course of the discussion, Tafel emphasized that a new center-right coalition is emerging which will appeal to millennials while continuing to stand for free-market principles.
Tafel was joined on the panel by Jeff Roe, former campaign manager and senior strategist for Ted Cruz, and Katie Packer, partner at Burning Glass Consulting. The panel was moderated by Susan Glasser and Glenn Thrush of Politico.
Here’s a quote from Rich Tafel: “Republicans watching the collapse of the GOP should take heart because this disaster called Trump can actually give rise to the phoenix of a new party of innovation—a party that embraces evolved spiritual values and the power of socially conscious capitalism.”
If the panel becomes available as a podcast we will add that link here.
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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