The Transitionalist

Movement for Social Evolution

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.

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Transitionalism in a New Reality

In last month’s post discussed how the election of Donald Trump is part of a larger historical cycle describing when, out of a sense of insecurity and fear, people’s focus turns toward national self-interest; likewise, when they feel confident and expansive, it is expressed in a greater willingness to reach out and cooperate. The article concluded that we are at the beginning of a cycle where national self-interest is the focus. In this post we will explore the question where Transitionalism is in all of this.

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At An Inflection Point

On January 20, 2017, Donald John Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States to preside over a nation that has not been so divided since before the Civil War. The Republican Party now controls the Executive and both branches of the Legislature....

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America Coming Apart and Back Together Again

The tone and message of the Trump presidential campaign and the relatively weak support for the Democratic ticket are symptomatic of profound underlying change and problems in American society. Groups such as the white working class and rural poor for instance, who at first glance should see their interests to be with the Democrats, now make up a core constituency of Trump’s support. When asked why they support Trump it is because they see him as someone they feel pays attention to them and with whom they can relate even though many live pay check to pay check and he is worth billions of dollars.

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U.S. Presidential Election So Far

U.S. Presidential Election So Far The political conventions in Cincinnati and Philadelphia were extraordinary, if for nothing else their difference in tone. The Republican convention, widely derided as the “The Trump Show”, dwelled on creating a picture of a...

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From Animal to Human

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.

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Identity and Principle

When people are asked about the main sources of conflict in the world most often cited is religion, ideology, political, ethnic, and cultural differences. The resurgence of anti-Semitism in Europe and its prevalence in the Arab Middle East, the conflict between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar, as well as resistance to immigration in Europe and the United States, stand as just a few examples. Such are only the most recent instances that are part of a long and tragic dynamic when people are faced with ever-shifting conditions leading to their personal sense of identity being challenged or put in conflict with other people’s sense of identity.

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Ending Class Conflict

Ending Class Conflict This month I want to speak to a gaping schism between the different economic classes. In particular, between the wealthy class and the rest of society. Class conflict has existed throughout history. Borrowing from Hegel’s theory of the dialectic,...

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Transitionalism: An Overview

Transitionalism: An Overview For this post I would like to present to you a brief overview of what Transitionalism is, how it differs from other proposals, and word of how its goals are to be achieved. If you are interested in a little more detailed survey I invite...

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