Both the economic and political system as we have known them are on a trajectory of steep decline. This state of affairs is exemplified by the pending expansion of automation in America’s workplace, such as with the introduction of self-driving vehicles threatening an impact deeper and broader than the effects of globalization on employment in manufacturing in the 1970s and 80s. Moreover, this same technology, together with associated advances in manufacturing technology and materials science, also promise to introduce a new epoch of post-scarcity undercutting the principle of valuation in the free market. So it should be clear the world as we have known it is fast disappearing; soon to be gone altogether. How we face the challenge as a society has everything to do with whether the path we take is a positive or negative one.
A basic understanding of Transitionalism can be found by exploring four main points. The first is the question of meaning: why are we here and what is the purpose of our existence. The second relates to where have we come from, where we are now and where are we going. Based on our desire for a positive future, the third point relates to what do we need to do that will allow us to realize such goals. Lastly, how are we to go about mobilizing people and resources to make this agenda happen.