In anticipation of the publication of my forthcoming book, Developmental Politics, I’ve posted 16 pages of excerpts from the book (close to 9,000 words) on this website. These excerpts include 7 pages from “Part I: Toward a Politics of Culture,” and 9 pages from “Part II: Toward a New Philosophy of Purpose and Progress.”
Part I of the book is a relatively easy read. The first three chapters provide a narrative description of cultural evolution in America, which tells the story of how American culture became “stretched out” to the point of being nearly ungovernable. Then in chapter 4 I introduce a method for overcoming our debilitating hyperpolarization. The excerpts from Part I include the Preface, which explains the goal of the book and tells the story of how I came to write it. Also excerpted is the beginning of chapter 4, which describes why conventional proposals for overcoming hyperpolariztion have failed and why we need to focus on the conflicting values that divide us. As I write, “Overcoming our political impasse will not be accomplished by a better process; we must address the actual content of our disagreements, which are ultimately about values.”
The other 9 pages of excerpts are from Part II, which describes the political philosophy behind this new approach to politics. Here my excerpted selections focus on the idea of transcendence. “Transcendence” or “the transcendent” generally refers to the people and things that are ultimately more important than the self, or one’s perceived self-interest. For example, notions of the transcendent can include: family, humanity, one’s country, the environment, God, Oneness, animals, freedom, adventure, art, science, a better world, or any worthy “higher purpose.” The excerpt from chapter 6, entitled “The Political Significance of Transcendence,” as well as the excerpt from chapter 9, entitled “Progress and Transcendence,” help unpack this important concept.
Here are links to the 5 excerpted sections:
Developmental Politics will be published on March 1st and is now available for preorder on Amazon.
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I’ll be back at building the post-progressive political movement on Monday. But today I’m savoring our last backpacking trip of the year to Capitol Reef National Park. We hiked through the remote Halls Creek Narrows. At night the dense star cloud of the Milky Way covered the sky.
Since my book, Developmental Politics, came out March 1st, I’ve been busy building the Institute for Cultural Evolution (more on that soon). But due to the pandemic, I’ve also had a chance to spend a lot of time in the wilderness. Below are a few pics from our trips this year.
I’m pleased to be joining these progressive luminaries in the upcoming panel on “Conscious Business.” This panel discussion is part of Humanity’s Team's Global Oneness Summit. 10AM Pacific Time, October 21st, 2020. https://www.humanitysteam.org/2020-panels/conscious-business
Please allow me one more plug for our new *Conscious Leadership* book. I couldn’t resist a quick pic of the book on display at my local Whole Foods Market in Boulder.