Monday, October 28, 2019

How do we get there from here?

We tend to focus on the advanced stages of human development with the hope that we as a human race can all have opportunities for such development. But how do we get there from here? It seems that we need to first address and meet the needs of those of us on the lower developmental stages in order to open up opportunities for higher development. It's pretty hard if not impossible to get involved in self-actualization practices when we don't have enough financial resources to eat, pay rent and bills, get a good basic education etc. If we are to accept developmental theory we know those needs need to be satisfied before we can even imagine the farther reaches of development.

One way to provide for those basic needs is through good government that creates legal policy designed to meet them, like a living wage, healthcare for all, worker's rights etc. So we need to vote in politicians that will authentically implement such policies, politicians that are themselves further along on the developmental trajectory, even if not so-called metamodern, integral, whatever. That requires that we talk to the majority of voters about issues of importance to them, not necessarily of importance to us. We have to win elections in the first place to provide such opportunities. Yes, talking about the farther reaches of development in our insular communities is a necessary good for setting future attractors, but one thing we've learned in the US at least is that the majority of working people find such highfalutin talk to be of the very elite class they don't connect with and voted against.

Along those lines, this highfalutin professor, Joan Williams, notes that the liberal elite tend to focus on self development and social issues instead of working class issues like a good job, healthcare and education. Working class people are more concerned about the end of the month, not the end of the world, hence economic populism should be our main selling point. We also need to frame those policies in working class language, so that's one difference between Sanders and Warren: The former does exactly that, the latter comes off as more professorial which doesn't connect as well with workers. That is born out by the majority of contributions to each of the candidates: Bernie gets more from the working class, Warren more from liberal elites.

If we ever hope to get to where we want to go from where we are, we need to win elections. And the above is good advice on how to do it. Outside of our elite groups we need to communicate to the working class in ways that motivates them to vote for candidates that will provide the social means to give them those opportunities. And talking about the very process of human development to them ain't going to give them that motivation.

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