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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USA Today (2.6 million daily readers) published my op-ed today: *'Mrs. America' Shows How Art Can Bridge Our Nation's Cultural, Partisan Divisions* In the op-ed I argue that Cate Blanchett’s performance demonstrates “cultural intelligence.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/06/06/how-art-like-mrs-america-can-help-heal-our-cultural-divide-column/3153471001/
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/