Political Polarization Test Results


Progressive Postmodernist

Your value priorities point to this political position, described as follows:

Progressive postmodernist, you tend to highly value environmental sustainability, multicultural diversity, social justice, a foreign and domestic policy that admits wrongs and makes amends, and equality among Americans.

Depolarize Your Thinking, Please Consider the Following Questions:

  1. What is the best way to integrate care for the environment with care for our country’s economic wellbeing? How much should prosperity be valued?
  2. What is the best way to integrate the value of multiculturalism and diversity with the value of assembling the most competent and productive team or group? How much should meritocracy be valued?
  3. Is the history of the American government’s crimes and malfeasance somewhat mitigated by the good that America has done in the world? Is loyalty to what is good about America a value?
  4. We know that having a lean body is good for our health and performance. Might this same principle of health and efficiency also point to the need for a “lean government”?
  5. How can we integrate the value of equality (a society that provides for the needy) with the value of equity (a society that rewards our most productive)?

Suggested Exercises to Help Depolarize Your Thinking:

About the Four Major Political Positions:

Most knowledgeable commentators agree that the simple bipolar continuum of Left and Right no longer adequately captures the complexity of America’s political milieu. The existential polarity of “liberal and conservative” expresses itself in multiple ways and on multiple levels within the overall electorate. Our model accordingly identifies the four distinct political positions that comprise America’s contemporary political landscape. For more on the philosophy behind the test see: Depolarizing the American Mind: How America Can Grow Beyond Its Currently Polarized Politics, by ICE partners Steve McIntosh and Carter Phipps.

Click on a title to see the results page for each of the four basic political positions:

About the Test

The political philosophy that informs the polarization test is described in the accompanying white paper on this website: Depolarizing the American Mind: How America Can Grow Beyond Its Currently Polarized Politics, by ICE partners Steve McIntosh and Carter Phipps. As discussed in the paper, a central principle for working with a polarized cultural situation is that each pole needs the values of its opposing pole for its own further and fuller development. Applied to politics, this principle shows how conservative values can serve to improve liberal positions by challenging and moderating such positions in a way that makes them stronger. The same can be said about the role of liberal values in strengthening conservative positions. See the results pages for specific examples. This test is not social science research, it is simply an interactive method for demonstrating some of the ideas behind ICE’s polarization campaign. For a fuller description of our proposal, please see the accompanying white paper “Depolarizing the American Mind.”

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