In this 50 minute recorded conversation, ICE Board Member Jeff Salzman and I talk about my new paper, published on this website, titled Overcoming Polarization by Evolving Both Right and Left: How Polarity Theory Provides a Path to Political Progress.
The ideas we explore in the podcast include:
• Why we should we care about political polarization
• Why centrism doesn’t work
• How developmental psychology and polarity theory shed light on the challenge
• How suppressing one side of a polarity empowers its shadow
• How the upside of one pole checks the downside of the other
• The practice: increasing the scope of what we are able to value
In the podcast I’m able to unpack the ideas in the paper in an accessible and entertaining way. Please check it out if you have a chance: https://www.dailyevolver.com/2016/03/steve-mcintosh-on-polarity-theory-and-a-path-forward-in-us-politics-plus-donald-trump
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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.