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Polarity number three is COMPETITION & COOPERATION. While some progressives disparage competition, and some modernists overemphasize it, competition can be a powerful value creator. However, when it is not moderated by its polar counterpart of cooperation, competition can devolve into a dog-eat-dog condition wherein defensiveness saps productivity. Conversely, cooperation by itself, without the incentive or opportunity for individual excellence or creativity, can similarly devolve into groupthink or stifling bureaucratic mediocrity. But when competition and cooperation are brought together in a mutually correcting relationship that provides for both *challenge and support,* the value-creating potential of each side is maximized.

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The Atlantic Magazine recently published a powerful and timely article by journalist George Packer. Entitled “How America Fractured Into Four Parts,” the article is adapted from Packer’s just-released book, Last Best Hope—America in Crisis and Renewal. Packer reaches many of the same conclusions about the current state of American culture that the Institute for Cultural Evolution has been describing for the last five years.

In today’s polarized climate, being moderate has become a radical position

In June 2020, after the horrific murder of George Floyd, a crime for which justice rolled down like a mighty stream in a three-count guilty verdict against former police officer Derek Chauvin recently, I wrote the following on my Tune In To Leadership blog:

I feel called to add my voice and perspective based on decades of study and conversations with thoughtful people about race, culture, identity, and wisdom tools to unlock the gordian knot of race and racialist thinking. Such thinking becomes values and behavior inimical to not only black folk, but to the cultural, civic, and civil advance of American civilization—period.

As a Black American citizen, and as a writer-intellectual-entrepreneur, I embrace the ancestral imperative to envision a future where the better angels of our nature overcome the bedeviling human capacity for evil and sociopathic lack of empathy. Such a vision, and the attendant strategies to enact them, are my focus and intent.

The following essay frames my contribution, as a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Cultural Evolution, to the launch of The Post-Progressive Post.

When did the anthems of self-acceptance become the soundtracks of insurrection?

Toward an Omni-Inclusive Post-Progressive Vision

One of the hallmarks of the post-progressive approach to politics and culture is what we are calling omni-inclusivity. Omni-inclusivity is best understood in the context of America’s evolving scope of inclusivity throughout its history. A fairly obvious feature of American history has been its steady, but often painfully slow expansion of the scope of pluralistic inclusion. While it is true to say that we are a country founded on ideals of equality that we have never actually lived up to, it is also true to say that the American experiment has been an exercise in trying to make those founding ideals more true with each generation.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Liberation Activism as Inspiration for Omni-Inclusivity

The process of liberation is a movement toward greater diversity, interiority, and communion. At the social level, liberation celebrates differences and dialogue while renouncing monoculture. Liberation’s method recognizes spirituality and relationality, both of which can deepen through humanity’s conscious participation. Today, we see the liberation process in movements for social justice, animal rights, and climate activism, among others. In this article, I interpret Martin Luther King Jr.’s worldview and influence during the 1960s through the lens of integral philosophy, as recently expanded by the new political philosophy of post-progressivism. I critically examine how King’s example can inform cultural intelligence in liberation activism today.