Inside the Great Release

Robb Smith Integral Live, Money, Perspectives, Politics, Presentations, Video, World Affairs 4 Comments

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Many explanations have been offered for the rise of Trump and the turmoil in which the United States finds itself. But not until now has a comprehensive, deep structural explanation been given that can account for everything we’re seeing.

Join Integral Life co-founder Robb Smith as he explains the current historical moment as a natural and predictable backlash against the twin dominance of the right-leaning Multinational Capital Holon in economics and the left-leaning Multicultural Culture Holon in culture since the 1970s.

Both of these forces transcended the nation state in the late 20th century, fomenting a massive, equal but opposite backlash in the form of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, supported by tribalists at both ends of the political spectrum. This backlash is tearing apart the political establishments of both parties as citizens wrestle with the increasingly obvious failures of the right’s religion of “markets at any cost” and the left’s religion of “equality at any cost.” This tension is all part of a broader “great release” that the American-led World State is undergoing as its internal contradictions and growing systemic irresilience since its formation in 1945 become no longer sustainable. The resulting reorganization will increasingly move toward an upgraded, trans-statal global governance structure capable of leading the 21st century to a post-work, post-AI, post-singularity, post-perspectival world.

Want to go deeper? Check out Robb’s Great Divide and Great Release eBooks.

The What NOW Conference
December 29 - January 1

Welcome to the era of disruption.

It seems clear we are heading into one of the most disruptive periods of human history the world has ever known. And even now, what we currently see is just a hint of the incredibly disruptive forces that are waiting just behind the curtain — automation, genetics, artificial intelligence, etc. — ready to descend upon our civilization and force us to discover new strategies of coexistence.

But of course, in these times of rampant disruption there is also newfound opportunity for fresh ideas to emerge, to replace outmoded ideas that are generating an enormous amount of evolutionary friction, and to begin reshaping our notions of the world, our work, and our shared future.

This is why we are holding our What Now conference this New Year — to help you navigate and explore the era of massive worldwide disruption that we now find ourselves in, and to discover the inner resiliency and adaptability we need — not only to survive this breakneck era of transformation, but to thrive and actively participate in its unfolding.

Robb Smith

About Robb Smith

Robb Smith is a leading thinker on the Transformation Age and the global Integral Philosophy movement. He is the co-founder and CEO of Integral Life and Integral Ventures.


  1. Robb, I appreciated your perspective and particularly your reference to the possibility of free energy down the road .which is a particular interest of mine.
    And I also appreciated your generally optimistic view of “eventually”!

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  3. The Great Release is something I have shared with my most important people. A super high comment to Robb and his ideas. Honestly, it’s the best Article I have seen in years. It was also my first introduction to Integral Life and Ken Wilber. A++

    100% on the same train of thought ! My biggest problem is how to “integrate” this knowledge into taking action in the real world — or if I want to ?

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