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Ken Wilber and Corey deVos take an in-depth look at the “major and minor scales” of integral politics — an inventory of the most critical elements, polarities, and patterns of self-organization that are at play within all of the major political systems across the world, from the rise of civilization to today.
Each of these major and minor scales exert their influence at all times, but one or two of them often come to the forefront during any given election. The media usually doesn’t know what to do with these multiple drives and polarities, because they are usually locked into the oversimplified “left versus right” frame, and anything resembling “depth” or “nuance” becomes lost in the noise of identity politics, paid propaganda, and true-but-partial partisanship.
We live at a time when an overabundance of low-fidelity information results in a radical oversimplification of our own views, values, and deeply-held political narratives, reducing the incredibly complex machinery of our political system into a winner-take-all gladiatorial contest between opposing tribes and factions. It’s become politics-as-sport, where allegiance to one’s team outweighs our allegiance to a vibrant and fully functioning society. The political pendulum becomes a partisan wrecking ball, where each side is only concerned with demolishing and dismantling the successes of the other.
This discussion, along with Ken’s eBook, will help you bring more discernment and sophistication to your own political views, as well as to those around you. You will gain a far more comprehensive understanding of the issues, policies, and candidates that affect your life, allowing you to more easily identify and include the important partial truths within each of our major political parties and movements. It will also help you to escape the ethnocentric gravity pulling you to identify exclusively with only one side of the street or the other, and avoid the lazy cynicism of false equivalence and simplistic “both sides are the same” narratives.
“Feeling these dimensions and wishing to place them into political action is what generates a political theoria and praxis. However, consciously or unconsciously focusing on only a few of its elements—just a few quadrants to the exclusion of others, or just one level to the exclusion of others, etc.—generates a partial politics, exclusionary and brutalizing in its nature and means.” Ken Wilber, Integral Politics: Its Essential Ingredients
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About Ken Wilber
Ken Wilber is a preeminent scholar of the Integral stage of human development. He is an internationally acknowledged leader, founder of Integral Institute, and co-founder of Integral Life. Ken is the originator of arguably the first truly comprehensive or integrative world philosophy, aptly named “Integral Theory”.
About Corey deVos
Corey W. deVos is Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of KenWilber.com. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.