Search Ebook here:


The Listening Society: A Metamodern Guide to Politics, Book One



The Listening Society: A Metamodern Guide to Politics, Book One

Author: Hanzi Freinacht

Publisher: Metamoderna ApS

Genres:

Publish Date: March 10, 2017

ISBN-10: 8799973901

Pages: 414

File Type: PDF

Language: English

read download

Ads

Book Preface

PROLOGUE

“Yeah, yeah, I get it, I get it. There’s this talk about something called ‘political metamodernism’. It is said to be a new ideology replacing and outcompeting liberal democracy and capitalism as we know them. Quietly, its proponents suggest, it is all but completely trashing socialism, liberalism, conservatism and ecologism, each on its own terms, leaving many people’s feelings hurt in the process. Political metamodernism has the capacity to gradually, but profoundly, change the lives of countless millions of people for the better, by cultivating a deeper kind of welfare system and economy—propelling us towards a saner, kindlier world. The welfare system part of this is called the listening society. All of this is said to slowly but surely be growing out of the cultural and economic development of the most progressive and advanced societies in the world, like the Nordic countries. And to understand and ally oneself with the listening society is both very useful to oneself and a service to mankind and all the other suffering animals. And it comes with certain risks, like all potent things do… But is it real?”

You have it all backwards, my friend. In a way, “is it real” is the dumbest question you can ask, if you quite understand what reality is. Reality is much more than the facts of the matter. The real reality resides at the crossroads of fact and fiction. It is born precisely at the point where our imaginations, the stories we tell ourselves, meet the facts of the world and put them into context. Political metamodernism becomes real by the rebellious act of telling a good story, a story that will both haunt and reward its listener.

The mix in this book is mostly fact and some dabs of fiction—meaning that I use emotions, dreams, aphorisms, mental images and some qualified guesses. I play with language and with the relationship with you, the reader.

But other than that, your summary was okay. Political metamodernism is the single most powerful ideology in existence in the world today and you would have to be an idiot not to want to learn about it. Whether you like it or not, whether you are for it or against it, you had better pay attention.

By the way, if the word “ideology” gives you the creeps, feel free to exchange it for “way of thinking and feeling about society”, which is something that we all undeniably have—even you.

This book is about you; your own intellectual and emotional development, as well as your place and status in the world. But it is also about society and relationships, about other humans and animals, about how a deeper sociological understanding of the world can help you serve compassionately, and why this is so.

Mixing fact and fiction is of course what children and the insane do. But upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that everybody does it. The question is only how consciously and productively it is done. I use dabs of “fiction” to make this book come alive as a political and cultural current of change. The difference between this approach and drier, more traditionally academic books on social science is that, in this book, the fictional part is owned up to. We take Hanzi’s role as an intellectual less seriously—and we take the necessarily fictional part of reality much more seriously. That is how the facts serve us best, with a spoonful of fictional sugar. But make no mistake; the bitter medicine must go down. And it does work.

Most political intellectuals, from Nancy Frazer to Milton Friedman, from Noam Chomsky to Arne Næss, put on these silly garbs to try to look serious and scientific, while they are all still emotionally invested in their ideas and have tearful (fictional) stories about what makes their own perspective the right one and themselves into the humble hero and servant of truth. I am hereby taking off that silly mask. And so should you, frankly. But how do you throw off the mask? By admitting that you are wearing it—and then using it more deliberately.

I am just going to tell the story straight and let you play with it. Because that’s where the action is. That’s where we change the world for real. Along the way we can have a beautiful, albeit dangerous, adventure. Politics, just like life itself, is always an experiment. We have to take risks. We have to be vulnerable to make a deeper impact for better or worse, to truly make a difference that makes a difference.

 

Contents

PROLOGUE

Political Metamodernism Is the Future

Who Is Hanzi Freinacht?

Readers of Bronze, Silver and Gold

Introduction: WHAT WE MUST ACHIEVE

This Book and the Next

Metamodernism: The Philosophical Engine

Academic Heresy

The Reader Rebels

Your Predictable Objections

More Predictable Objections

Psycho-Active Literature

Sincere Irony

PART ONE: The New Political Landscape

1. HOW POLITICS CHANGED

The Most Progressive Countries in the World

Post-Materialist Values

One Meta-Ideology Has Already Won

There Is No “Center” of Politics

The Voter’s Raw New Deal

2. CRISIS-REVOLUTION

Newly Dug Trenches

Hackers, Hipsters and Hippies

Polarization and Trumpism Explained

The Multidimensional Crisis-Revolution

The Boom Equation

3. IN A NUTSHELL

The Basic Idea

Should We Really Make People Happy?

Don’t Scorn Happiness

The Fabric of Hurt and Bliss

Taking Up the Struggle

Accepting the Risks

4. POSSIBLE AND NECESSARY

Yes, It Is Possible

And, Yes, It Is Necessary

How It Connects to Everyday Life

An Empirical Example: Meditation in Schools

Emotional, Social and Collective Intelligence

Feeling Provoked Yet?

5. THE ALTERNATIVE

Party about Nothing

Got That Edge

Transnationalism, Truly

The Metamodern Aristocracy

6. POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

Transpersonal Perspective: Beyond Individuals

The View from Complexity

Beyond Left and Right, at Long Last

Non-Linear Politics

Liberal Innocence Lost

PART TWO: Psychological Development

7. ON STAGE THEORIES

A Missing Piece of the Puzzle

In Defense of Hierarchies among Humans

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Hierarchy

Introducing Adult Development

Domain-Specific Developmental Theories

“Global” Developmental Stage Theories

8. COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

Meister L. Commons

The Model of Hierarchical Complexity (MHC)

What Is Intelligence? The Parrot Speaks

9. THE IMPORTANT STAGES

Stage 10 Abstract

Stage 11 Formal

Stage 12 Systematic

Stage 13 Metasystematic

No, I Still Can’t Believe It. I Won’t!

Implications for Society

10. SYMBOLIC DEVELOPMENT

Realdialektik

Code and Cognitive Development

Teleology and Determinism?

11. THE SYMBOL-STAGES

The First Three Symbol-Stages: A, B and C

Symbol-Stage D: Postfaustian (or Traditional)

Symbol-Stage E: Modern

Symbol-Stage F: Postmodern

Symbol-Stage G: Metamodern

Last Notes on Symbol-Stages

12. SUBJECTIVE STATES

Romantic Revenge

High States, Low States

The Scale of Subjective States

Beyond Emotions

13. REACHING HIGHER

A Definition of “Spirituality”

What Everyday Life Feels Like on Average

What It Means to Develop Your State

Example of a “High State” Person

Can Lower States Be Good?

The Credibility Problem of Higher States

Why Spiritual Communities Turn Into Cults

14. DEPTH

Agony and Ecstasy

Measuring Depth

Developing Depth

Beauty, Mystery and Tragedy

15. WISDOM TROUBLES

Light and Dark Depth

Wisdom Is Overrated

Of Wisdom and Wise-Guys

An Example from Bertrand Russell

16. EFFECTIVE VALUE MEME

The Awkward Uncle

Why “Spiral Dynamics” Doesn’t Work

From vMeme to Effective Value Meme

The Dimensions of Development Come Together

Zooming In on the Effective Value Memes

17. MAJOR IMPLICATIONS

Death to TURQUOISE

Higher Secularism Rising

Why Bother with Just a Baby?

Danger, Danger Cliché

Some Very Well-Needed Nuance

Developmental Imbalances Make You Sick

The Philosopher’s Stone

Rip Them Apart. Spare No One

Implications for a Global Society

18. DEVELOPMENT MATTERS

Higher Stage Populations

Why the Postmoderns Cannot Save the World

The Great Stretching Out

Development Matters

Appendix: METAMODERNISM

Three Meanings of “Metamodernism”

The Metamodern Paradigm, Condensed

Origins of the Term “Metamodernism”

The Difference between Post- and Metamodernism

Bringing a New Metamodernism into Being

Notes


Download EbookRead NowFile TypeUpload Date
Download hereRead Now

Ads

PDFMarch 27, 2019


Do you like this book? Please share with your friends, let's read it !! :)

How to Read and Open File Type for PC ?