Friday, September 09, 2005

Integral Politics?

A lot of us are getting sick and tired of politics as usual. The liberals are narcissistic, blame all difficulties on outside causes, are afraid of hierarchies, and seem convinced that everything is relative. The conservatives are narrow-minded, blame all difficulties on personal weakness, are afraid of science, and seem convinced that only their worldview is true. These two positions are dedicated to nothing more than destroying each other.

What would an integral approach to politics look like? Some have suggested that Bill Clinton and Tony Blair were the first national-level politicians to attempt an integral approach to politics. I would partially agree, though I think both ultimately failed. Is it possible to take the best of conservative values and the best of liberal values to create a truly integral political vision? Is it necessary for one to have evolved to integral worldview, or is a worldcentric perspective sufficient for one to be such a leader?

Ken Wilber, Don Beck, and others have written on this topic, and I will be reading extensively over the coming weeks. In the meantime, I would love to read any thoughts readers may have on this topic. Just click on the "comments" icon below.
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