Ever since I cast my first vote for Jimmy Carter in 1980, I’ve identified politically as a progressive. And while I continue to support many progressive political goals, the political position advocated by my new book, Developmental Politics, is best characterized as post-progressive. This emerging post-progressive perspective is not “anti-progressive,” it seeks to better integrate progressive values with the laudable concerns of America’s mainstream culture.
In my new 1,200 word article published in Areo Magazine, I discuss the goals of post-progressive politics and outline its method of “cultural intelligence.” Cultural intelligence is the ability to recognize the mutual interdependence of America’s three major worldviews. This fresh approach to our cultural conflicts transcends the horizontal continuum of left and right by charting a vertical dimension of normative growth that can lead to a more evolved democracy. My original title for this article was “How to Transcend Progressivism’s Pathologies Without Moving Toward the Right.” But Areo’s editors went with the shorter title above instead. Please check it out, and if you feel so moved, leave a comment.
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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/
Please join me live on “The Virtual Philosophy Salon,” tomorrow night, Monday 5/18 at 8PM ET. I’ll be discussing my new book *Developmental Politics* and taking comments and questions about the emerging “post-progressive political perspective.” https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-philosophy-salon-conversations-with-professional-intellectuals-tickets-105037746728?fbclid=IwAR0UIr33HOV4_OjlFNSAvL_GpLhob06B9GglWKvAgOYK61retrTQw0RX5gA