This series of graphics illustrates ICE’s latest approach to mapping the ‘landscape of values’ that underlie American politics.
The first graphic below shows how the significant influence of culture can be conceived with reference to the ‘Bedrock Values’ of the electorate.The circles graphic below shows America’s three major values-based worldviews, which we’re calling: ‘Traditionals, Moderns, and Progressives,’ (including their approximate percentage of the population). These worldviews compete to define America’s political ‘Bedrock Values.’ Source: World Values Survey www.worldvaluessurvey.org
When these three major values-based worldviews are mapped onto the left-right spectrum of America’s two-party system (as shown below), the three worldviews suggest four distinct political positions.
The two charts below show the details of America’s four distinct political values systems. Each of the four values categories includes positive and enduring ‘Bedrock Values,’ as well as shortcomings and deficiencies that are tied directly to that category’s positive values. Seeing ‘Bedrock Values’ through this lens suggests a fresh kind of national leadership that can integrate the full spectrum of American values into its platform. For more on these values charts see the ICE paper: Overcoming Polarization By Evolving Both Right and Left
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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.