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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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/