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Hanzi Freinacht
Hanzi Freinacht
Political Philosopher | Sociologist | Historian | Author | Thought Leader on Metamodernism

An understanding of who Hanzi is provides a  taste of metamodernism itself. When complete, his proposed 6-volume magnum opus on metamodernism will be the first/only – and so, de facto definitive – published magnum opus on metamodernism. As described here, it will include politics (done), history, economics, ethics and law. 

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Political Philosopher | Sociologist | Historian | Author | Thought Leader on Metamodernism

An understanding of who Hanzi is provides a  taste of metamodernism itself. When complete, his proposed 6-volume magnum opus on metamodernism will be the first/only – and so, de facto definitive – published magnum opus on metamodernism. As described here, it will include politics (done), history, economics, ethics and law. 

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As a writer, Hanzi combines in-depth knowledge of several sciences and disciplines and offers maps of our time and the human condition with his characteristically accessible, poetic and humorous writing style – challenging the reader’s perspective of herself and the world.

Hanzi Freinacht epitomizes much of the metamodern philosophy and can be considered a personification of this strand of thought. He has produced a wide array of original, relevant and useful ideas for people in all walks of life. These ideas help you gain an upper hand in the new political, economic and cultural landscape of digital, postindustrial society.


Metamodernism is the philosophy and view of life that corresponds to the digitalized, postindustrial, global age.


From the About page on their website:

Metamoderna is an independent publishing company registered in Denmark.

We publish books, papers, and articles by progressive metamodern thinkers.


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The Listening Society
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A Metamodern Guide to Politics, Book One
Read with caution. "A masterpiece, game changer and music to my soul" | "Dangerous, Humbling, insightful masterpiece"

The first part of the book justifies it’s positioning as being about politics, although the substance of his conception of a new politics comes in Book Two. But Hanzi also breaks new ground in this first volume by proposing an enhanced – and very compelling – model of human development. Those familiar with Spiral Dynamics, other stages models and the states and stages ideas from Integral Theory will be delighted/dismayed/incensed or otherwise emotionally impacted by his critiques and his new model. (But be warned – you need to get through the barriers he throws up in the early parts of the book.)

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As we move from the industrial age and its nation state to an internet age with a globalized postindustrial market a question presents itself: What is the next major developmental stage of society after the liberal democracy with a balance between capitalism and welfare state?

In this book Hanzi Freinacht offers a compelling answer to this question. We are reaching the limits of modern society and we must work to achieve a metamodern society, that is, a society which goes beyond modern life and its institutions. The metamodern society of the future is a listening society; a society more sensitive to the inner dimensions of human beings.

Drawing upon an elaborate weaving of psychology, sociology, political science and philosophy this book lands in a positive vision for the future. It shows how a clear description of human psychological growth – how we grow as human beings – can also offer us key insights into how global society can and should evolve in the internet age. A politics that can help humans grow to the later stages of psychological development is also one that can be capable of meeting the staggering challenges of our time.

In the first part of the book Hanzi examines the politics and culture of the Nordic countries and shows how these progressive societies offer a fertile ground for metamodern politics. The basis of such metamodern politics is also described. In the second part of the book he turns to developmental psychology, describing how humans evolve through a series of stages – and how this matters immensely for the happiness and survival of us all.

As this story unfolds – in a uniquely provocative genre breaking manner – you will also glean insight into your own developmental stage and those of people around you.

Read with caution.


A Metamodern Guide to Politics, Book Two
Hanzi: "...the power of his vision, and the six new forms of metamodern politics introduced in the book, compels readers to act..."

In Nordic Ideology, the anticipated sequel to The Listening Society, the great philosopher Hanzi Freinacht strikes again from his refuge in the Alps—now with a yet bolder mission: to write social and political theory as a page-turner.

This book can be read independently of the first one and it outlines a path to a metamodern society, emerging from the Nordic countries—one that emerges from, but ultimately cancels and outcompetes modern society as we know it, while saving the world-system from collapse. How can this be achieved?

Here, things get real.

Not only do you get an overview of how society develops—what is higher freedom, deeper equality, a more intricate order of self-organization?—you get an actual plan-of-action for how to transform all of society and the people in it; indeed, even a strategy for how to organize and take charge of political development.

Loved and despised, Hanzi leaves few readers untouched. No issue is too controversial, no source of knowledge taboo; while committed to deep democracy and freedom, Hanzi does not shy away from learning from the totalitarian ideologies of the 20th century. And indeed, the power of his vision, and the six new forms of metamodern politics introduced in the book, compels readers to act—to actualize the vision, or to stop the metamodernists at any cost.

Serious meets fun, as sincerity meets irony, as politics meets poetry in this magisterial work of a unique and dangerous rebel scholar.


Recent Videos and Podcasts where Hanzi Freinacht has been interviewed

In a wide-ranging all-new episode, Hanzi Freinacht talks to Jim about the dynamics of political metamodernism & commonalities with Gameb, our meta-crisis & diminished sensemaking capabilities, our culture of alienation, conspiracy theories, …Read more
Part 2 of my conversation with Hanzi Freinacht on the six strategic forms of a metamodern politics. Sign up for the Infinite Clues Newsletter Second Brain Notes on Hanzi …Read more
A conversation with Hanzi Freinacht, the author of ‘The Listening Society: A Metamodern Guide to Politics’. This episode is part one of a two part series. For more about metamodernism …Read more
“Think of all the endless attempts to read Putin’s mind. His intentions, his calculations, his emotions, his spirituality, you name it. He feeds on our attempts to ‘understand’ him because our inability to do so only proves his sovereignty. For him, to be unpredictable is the point, the end in itself. And if we actually ‘understand’ Putin, it means that …Read more
“We shouldn’t let Putin define Russia’s security interests because the only interest of his regime is to stop democracy. “What threatened Putin was not NATO expansion, but the democracy expansion”. We have to understand that long before the talk of ‘national interests’ and ‘spheres of influence’ we’ve already walked the walk of appeasing the people who can’t let go of …Read more
“After a merger with the criminal underworld, siloviki faced two problems. The old problem was that their Communist Empire couldn’t match the power of the capitalist NATO. The new problem was that they couldn’t own property. But now they saw a way to kill two birds with one stone. The solution was to conduct such a transition of the USSR …Read more
This is my friend Denys Bakirov, 27. He is a lecturer at the University of Kharkiv in Ukraine who currently works as a researcher at Metamoderna. When war broke out on February 24th, his village north of Kharkiv right on the border with Russia was occupied by the Russian Army. Denys was forcefully deported from Ukraine to Russia. There he …Read more
Last week, my good friend Daniel Görtz gave a speech at the Elevate Festival in Austria where he was invited as a keynote speaker. The main questions touched upon were: – How can we create better processes for personal development? – How can politics be adjusted to an increasingly complex world? – What is the unique role of humanity in …Read more
Solarpunk can do what merely intellectual arguments of better governance, of democracy, even of ecological collapse and the natural sciences, cannot: entice the average person, in particular, the established and new middle classes from across the world. If this potential is not tapped into in liberal and democratic societies, wide swathes of global populations will likely begin to look towards …Read more
Never managed to plough through Nordic Ideology? Does reading hurt your eyes? Don’t despair, Nordic Ideology is now available as audio book. Thanks to the help and financial support of our friend, Aurora Quinn-Elmore, both of my books are now available in audio format to be downloaded and listened to anywhere you please. Aurora Quinn-Elmore is a fan of my …Read more
Without an aesthetic program, it is impossible to truly recreate today’s society in desired directions. We need more than just ideas of the things we wish to avoid (ecological disaster, pandemics, famine, wars, existential risks from technology…). We need more than a moral mission (e.g. “remedy suffering” or “save the animals” as discussed in one of my previous articles) or …Read more
Daniel Görtz / Hanzi Freinacht (SE) 14 July | Heimatsaal, Graz Dr. Daniel P. Görtz is a sociologist and social theorist who has taken a playful and experimental stance on his vocation. Building on former welfare structures and high social trust, Scandinavian and some other countries may begin to cultivate a “listening society” in which the existential potentials and needs …Read more
The four main reasons why the Alternative in Denmark failed: 1) There were no measures to adequately counter power players playing dirty and hard, 2) it became just another green party, 3) it was diluted by pomos, 4) and its cultural capital left. Below you can read my full analysis and hopefully learn a thing or two if you’re considering …Read more
Can ecology be used for degrowth? Now, appealing as this sounds, it should be pointed out that ecology—as a science—is a considerably harsher one than economics. The word sounds nicer, but a quick comparison of textbooks of the subjects reveal that while, yes, economics focuses significantly on competition, ecology does so to a yet greater extent, and also callously studies …Read more
When people are networking, they’re often on the lookout for people to collaborate with—or, more specifically, they’re looking for people to recruit for this brilliant once-in-a-century project of theirs. The only problem: so is everyone else. As a newcomer, you’ll quickly discover that everyone has a project—a project they for mysterious reasons think to be just as much the center …Read more
Whenever everyday people start asking themselves the question… – “Wait a minute, if people of yesteryear did all sorts of things we find barbaric, from keeping slaves to public flogging, what might future civilizations be equally appalled by in our age?” … they almost inevitably come up with some version of: “Well, it’s probably something about how we treat non-human …Read more
“In their first-ever conversation on the topic together, Daniel Görtz and Nora Bateson join me to talk about stage theory. Since Nora’s social media post declaring developmental stage theories “BS” and “colonial as hell,” the value and legitimacy of stage models has been a fervent topic of debate within the liminal web. In this conversation, Daniel and Nora are given …Read more
TEXT This is a text which I have written and am now publishing on social media. There is no apparent reason, no deeper meaning behind it. The text reaches for nothing, seeks to achieve nothing, is devoid of other meaning than pointing towards its own vulgar meaninglessness and absurdity. I challenge readers to view the text without irony, humor, or …Read more
I’m delighted to announce that this wonderful woman, Aurora Quinn-Elmore, just finished the production of the audio version of Nordic Ideology. It will be available on audible in a week, inshallah. Aurora has also produced the audio version of The Listening Society which is voiced by no other than Richard Pshock. If you haven’t already listening to it, there’s no …Read more
The argument I wish to make in the following is not that civil wars and violent crime lead to higher political order. But, if violence in society is successfully contained, its energies channeled into discourse, it is the very differences of people’s interests, ideologies, and perspectives that push new forms of political reality into being. So, what we have increasingly …Read more A pretty good conversation on different strands of metamodernism — 3 different theorists (Greg Dember, Lene Andersen, and Daniel Gortz) interviewed by Jonathan Rowson. Originally meant for Rebel Wisdom but published on Perspectiva.What is Metamodernism and Why does it matter? event was a Rebel Wisdom member’s event that was passed on to Perspectiva to share on its channel.Some of …Read more
Consider the following critiques of our growing tendency to long for the indigenous: – There is always a risk of “appropriating” the indigenous cultures, meaning that the unique identities and expressions of these become part of our larger, commercialized systems, which in turn can harm the self-distinction and dignity of minorities. – If tribal cultures are fetishized, large swathes of …Read more
– Greater collective intelligence will tend towards fewer people more deeply involved in more multi-perspectival and disinterested (because we select also neutral representatives) processes of deliberation in councils, with a greater emphasis on the quality of the communicative process. The development of new systems of governance are evaluated on the basis of collective intelligence, not “democracy” in and of itself. …Read more
The somewhat gruesome public spectacle of the ongoing Johnny Depp and Amber Heard trial is only a case in point—whatever it is we’re watching, it is hardly a rationally organized process of finding the best solutions for healing of relationships, the restoration of personal dignity, and guidance towards desirable future behaviors. If we take these goals (relational healing, protected personal …Read more
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On a very basic level, most observers agree that nationalism—in theory—can be harnessed for both ethically viable and pathological purposes. As a social dynamic, it is the same as what we call “patriotism”; it’s just that we tend to call it patriotism when it’s attributed to the perceived underdog and/or when the actions it brings about are viewed as positive. …Read more
Well, this was fun: The hitherto longest and most detailed summary/commentary/review of both books: The Listening Society and Nordic Ideology. Written by scientist, YouTube science educator, and aspiring sci-fi author, Thomas Harper: (further links in the comments) “The Listening Society” by Hanzi Freinacht – Summary and Review -authortomharper.comThe Listening Society gives an optimistic picture of how the problems facing humans …Read more
We are not atoms, individuals (two versions of the same word, one Greek, the other Latin), but we are—more in line with quantum physics—participatory dividuals. I don’t expect you to leave me be, but to recreate me. …Read more
Everything is always also something else, and you can’t ever pin something down and find its very core or essence. You can just have more or less functional or relevant explanations and accounts for phenomena, depending upon certain situated assessment criteria. …Read more
“Our most effective weapon against tyranny is to create a world where there is no demand for it” —Denys Bakirov… …Read more
It is an ironic twist of fate that, in order to solve the hard and large problems of the world-system, we must learn to look inwards—into our emotional lives and into the nature of our intimate relationships with ourselves, one another and our place in the universe. …Read more
At the core of reality is a terrifying void—an utter, pristine meaninglessness that knows no bounds or limits or borders. At the very end, at the last step of our stories, we have no choice but to kneel before it, to prostrate, to submit without compromise… …Read more
…and in this surrender to the void, we wake up to the perfection and divinity of the open potentiality that is absolute reality. …Read more
The only good God is a dead one, not because we hate certain ontological positions, but because a dead God is a more socially and existentially productive category. …Read more
Higher states are the lived experienced moments where reality itself becomes crisp and clear: when there’s a deep inner silence and the experience of life itself emerges in full. It’s when the mind is brought to its knees, the soul surrenders and reality wins and reveals itself. …Read more
The metamodernist doesn’t hate or despise nations or nationalism. It’s just that they are treated instrumentally; a nation is only worth anything to the extent that it serves all humans. We seek to hijack these structures, to remote-control them for purposes that lie beyond them. …Read more
Remember, all your Twitter followers are eventually going to die. …Read more
“John Mearsheimer and other acolytes of the ‘realist’ school of foreign policy are in fact idealists. It is just that their ideal is grim: humanity stuck at the impasse of imperial power struggle.” —Denys Bakirov… …Read more
What’s the worst thing about working in the philosophy business? The worst thing is that you never quite know if you are the bullshitter or the hero, or if you are being sold utter bullshit. …Read more
It is my unshakable conviction that in risky times, it takes a gambler to place the highest and safest bets. And in the most confused of discourses, only a charlatan can speak the truth. …Read more
@nikolatosic On the transindividual:… …Read more
We go from the idea of the individual (vs. “the collective”), to simply seeing society as an evolving, interlinked set of transindividuals. This is the transpersonal perspective. It’s not just that we are each a billiard ball that “interacts” with other people. We co-emerge. …Read more
Understanding that the very social fabric of everyday life can and must be intelligently developed, is the essence of political metamodernism. …Read more
We go ahead with pragmatic idealism, with magical realism and informed naivety. At the crossroads of fact and fiction, we work and play with religious fervor, keeping an ironic smile at our own self-importance. …Read more
A man asked the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, “What is the best Jihad?” The Prophet said, “A word of truth in front of a tyrannical ruler.” To the metamodernist, listening to a stranger, and accommodating her perspective, becomes the highest form of Jihad. …Read more
Denys Bakirov’s first article on Metamoderna. Here you can read about how the merger between the former KGB and organized crime gave rise to the current Russian regime.… …Read more
Say hi to my new colleague Denys Bakirov. He is a lecturer at the University of Kharkiv who now works for Metamoderna. When war broke out he was forcefully deported from Ukraine to Russia where he was interrogated by the FSB. Later he managed to escape and now lives in Sweden. …Read more
Denys has an impressive in-depth understanding of Russian society and has been following the political developments in Russia for many years. He has written a series of critical articles on Putin’s regime that we have published on …Read more
Your perspective or opinion always has a systemic limit, a breaking point; it always breaks down under its own weight, just like any engine, organism or economic system. You never get to be the good guy in the end. You are not innocent. …Read more
We should acknowledge that profound inner experiences—pleasurable and painful—are an important aspect of human growth and that they should be made part of society’s overall *political* goals. …Read more
Last week, my good friend Daniel Görtz gave a speech at the Elevate Festival in Austria where he was invited as a keynote speaker. You can see the recording by clicking the link below. @elevatefestival… …Read more
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