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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 2 Mar 21

There have been many versions and nuances of the idea that there may in fact be an in­timate relationship between madness and civilization; that civ­ilization itself is bound to growing exi­sten­tial challenges and an escala­ting inner chaos: Marx’s alienation; Durkheim’s anomie; Weber’s iron cage and disenchantment; Fr­eud’s idea that civilization forces us to lock up sexual and aggr­essive urges, which leads us to lives of per­petual neurosis and dis­content; Fro­mm’s idea that technological pro­gress makes the sane soc­iety increa­singly difficult to achi­e­ve, which results in an escape from free­dom; Foucault’s idea that “madness” is itself an inven­tion of the mod­ern …

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There have been many versions and nuances of the idea that there may in fact be an in­timate relationship between madness and civilization; that civ­ilization itself is bound to growing exi­sten­tial challenges and an escala­ting inner chaos: Marx’s alienation; Durkheim’s anomie; Weber’s iron cage and disenchantment; Fr­eud’s idea that civilization forces us to lock up sexual and aggr­essive urges, which …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 2 Mar 21

My Zoom course on post-progressive politics is going well. We have over 40 great participants and folks seem to be enjoying it so far. All 9 weeks of the course will be available on video in late April. Thanks to The Aligned Center for producing the course. Here is their description: Hyperpolarization in American politics has divided our nation, government, friendships, and even our families. The need to find a way forward feels urgent yet unclear. Join Steve McIntosh, author and president of the Institute for Cultural Evolution, for his 9-part course, Becoming Part of the Solution—a deep dive into …

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My Zoom course on post-progressive politics is going well. We have over 40 great participants and folks seem to be enjoying it so far. All 9 weeks of the course will be available on video in late April. Thanks to The Aligned Center for producing the course. Here is their description: Hyperpolarization in American politics has divided our nation, government, …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 24 Feb 21

Just as the value of money can be deflated[i] in the material eco­nomy, so can the honest search for truth in the public domain of ideas and morals. The truth, or the signaled truth-seek­ing of people, can be viewed as increasingly hollow and cheap when their claims aren’t matched by ac­tual be­haviors and sacrifices made. In a society where people use ideal­istic claims and truth-seeking to boost their own identities, idealism always appears to reek of hypocrisy. The following is a slightly edited extract from Hanzi Freinacht’s book ‘Nordic Ideology: A Metamodern Guide to Politics, Book Two’. This is the second …

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Just as the value of money can be deflated[i] in the material eco­nomy, so can the honest search for truth in the public domain of ideas and morals. The truth, or the signaled truth-seek­ing of people, can be viewed as increasingly hollow and cheap when their claims aren’t matched by ac­tual be­haviors and sacrifices made. In a society where people …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 8 Feb 21

“I want to live, I want to give I’ve been a miner For a heart of gold. It’s these expressions I never give That keep me searching For a heart of gold And I’m getting old.”[i] —Neil Young It is as though civilization itself is getting too old. And with age foll­ows either decay, dementia and despair—or wisdom and self-knowledge. Can then modernity, the present world-system, begin to know itself? This would be the *meta*-modern mission: to create a deeply self-reflective modernity; a modernity operating not only upon nature and the environ­ment, but one that reexamines its own perspective, its …

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“I want to live, I want to give I’ve been a miner For a heart of gold. It’s these expressions I never give That keep me searching For a heart of gold And I’m getting old.”[i] —Neil Young It is as though civilization itself is getting too old. And with age foll­ows either decay, dementia and despair—or wisdom and self-knowledge. …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 2 Feb 21

Nothing pleases people more than to go on thinking what they have always thought,  and at the same time imagine that they are thinking something new and daring: it combines the advantage of security and the delight of adventure. T. S. Eliot I’ve decided to create an occasional series of posts around some of my favorite quotations and these will be characterised by no opening picture and a suitably enigmatic banner picture. I intend them to be short posts and they will therefore act as markers between more substantial, but maybe less meaningful or useful, posts and allow me to keep …

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Nothing pleases people more than to go on thinking what they have always thought,  and at the same time imagine that they are thinking something new and daring: it combines the advantage of security and the delight of adventure. T. S. Eliot I’ve decided to create an occasional series of posts around some of my favorite quotations and these will be …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 1 Feb 21

The following is work-in-progress and based on a few loose notes from Hanzi Freinacht’s work on his upcoming book ‘The 6 Hidden Patterns of History’. This is the third book in Hanzi’s metamodern guides series. It takes on a developmental approach to world history and does so through the lens of six overarching developmentally derived patterns that Hanzi refers to as “metamemes”. Thanks to our monthly donators Hanzi can buy time to work on the book, so if you have a couple of bucks to spare each month, we would be very grateful if you could donate to Hanzi: https://donorbox.org/metamoderna. …

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The following is work-in-progress and based on a few loose notes from Hanzi Freinacht’s work on his upcoming book ‘The 6 Hidden Patterns of History’. This is the third book in Hanzi’s metamodern guides series. It takes on a developmental approach to world history and does so through the lens of six overarching developmentally derived patterns that Hanzi refers to …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 22 Jan 21

Existential Politics should organize investments into new support struct­ures for personal growth. I would like to suggest that we reintroduce—on a wide, socie­tal level—the medieval notion of the via contemplativa, the contempla­tive life path. The term vita contemplativa (vita, with a “t”) is more comm­only used —most famously in Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition from 1958—and means “the contemplative life”. But here I’d like to stay with discus­sing the contemplative path and how it could be made part and parcel of day-to-day society and politics. The issue is not that society needs us to become monks and nuns, but that …

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Existential Politics should organize investments into new support struct­ures for personal growth. I would like to suggest that we reintroduce—on a wide, socie­tal level—the medieval notion of the via contemplativa, the contempla­tive life path. The term vita contemplativa (vita, with a “t”) is more comm­only used —most famously in Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition from 1958—and means “the contemplative life”. …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 20 Jan 21

At last we turn the page on an ugly chapter in American history. Now perhaps we can begin to talk about politics in positive terms again. While Joe Biden faces difficult challenges, and while his presidency will inevitably have shortcomings, I am hoping for the best. The post-progressive perspective I advocate is all about finding higher ground. And at this moment, President Biden is poised to take the first steps toward the higher cultural ground our nation needs. I’m rooting for his success! The post Turning the Page on a New Chapter in American History appeared first on Steve McIntosh: …

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At last we turn the page on an ugly chapter in American history. Now perhaps we can begin to talk about politics in positive terms again. While Joe Biden faces difficult challenges, and while his presidency will inevitably have shortcomings, I am hoping for the best. The post-progressive perspective I advocate is all about finding higher ground. And at this …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 20 Jan 21

At last we turn the page on an ugly chapter in American history. Now perhaps we can begin to talk about politics in positive terms again. While Joe Biden faces difficult challenges, and while his presidency will inevitably have shortcomings, I am hoping for the best. The post-progressive perspective I advocate is all about finding higher ground. And at this moment, President Biden is poised to take the first steps toward the higher cultural ground our nation needs. I’m rooting for his success! ShareThe post Turning the Page on a New Chapter in American History appeared first on Institute for …

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At last we turn the page on an ugly chapter in American history. Now perhaps we can begin to talk about politics in positive terms again. While Joe Biden faces difficult challenges, and while his presidency will inevitably have shortcomings, I am hoping for the best. The post-progressive perspective I advocate is all about finding higher ground. And at this …

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By: The Posts Author | Posted on: 19 Jan 21

“To see the universal and all-pervading Spirit of Truth face to face, one must be able to love the meanest of creation as oneself. And a man who aspires after that cannot afford to keep out of any field of life. That is why my dev­otion to Truth has drawn me into the field of politics; and I can say without the slightest hesitation, and yet in all humility, that those who say that reli­gion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion means”.[i] —Gandhi To base a political ideology or program on an entirely “rational” or …

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“To see the universal and all-pervading Spirit of Truth face to face, one must be able to love the meanest of creation as oneself. And a man who aspires after that cannot afford to keep out of any field of life. That is why my dev­otion to Truth has drawn me into the field of politics; and I can say …

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