From Premodern to Metamodern Mind: a Brief History of Human Evolution

10) From Premodern to Metamodern Mind
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Metamodernism is destined to beat postmodernism in the long run, just like postmodernism is currently beating modernism and modernism won over the ancient regime of its pre-modern predecessor. But we’re not just talking about philosophical schools here, we’re talking about entire mindsets, paradigms if you like, that have emerged from the intricate and reciprocal processes between societal developments and human psychology. Accordingly the emergence of metamodernism and its predecessors has a historical dimension that would serve as an insightful and pedagogical point of departure to understand it before one ventures into a more comprehensive investigation of its societal, philosophical and psychological facet ...
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Beyond Left and Right, at Long Last

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It has become increasingly commonplace in our days to speak of the classical Left-Right scale as outdated, but somehow few people seem to be able to clearly articulate what that means, and even fewer have sufficiently explicated the philosophical underpinnings and political consequences of an ideology that genuinely lies beyond Left and Right. Going “beyond Left and Right” means that we make questions of the relations between public sector, private sector and civil sphere into open discuss¬ions where the best empirical arguments for each mechanism, in each case, must be taken into consideration ...
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Feminism, yes. Culture of fear, no thanks.

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There are a few loopholes around feminism, multiculturalism and the striving towards social inclusion and multiplicity that few people seem to be aware of, but many people certainly should. These insights are especially important for organizers of “process oriented parties”, i.e. the budding metamodern political movements you can find in places like Sweden and Denmark ...
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The Danish Alternative, a Party about Nothing

8) The Danish Alternative, a Party about Nothing
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What’s the political party of the metamodern age? The answer is the process oriented political party – a party that is less about content, and more about the political processes that lead up to the best policies. A party about nothing. And the closest thing to a truly process oriented political party to date is the Danish party The Alternative. Instead of being based on a readymade political program, the party was formed around a set of principles and values for how to conduct good political discourse and dialogue. Most central to the party’s founding and organization is the how, rather than the what ...
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The Meta-Ideology that Conquered Scandinavia

7) The Meta-Ideology that Conquered Scandinavia
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It seems as if one meta-ideology has been victorious and come to dominate the entire political spectrum in the Nordic countries. On the surface level you’ll find parties that nominally subscribe to traditional ideologies such as socialism, liberalism and conservatism like in any other western democracy, but if you look closely you’ll notice that they all seem to advocate some form of social-liberalism, with at least a modicum of green, environmentalist hue. All of the parties that are currently represented in the parliaments of the Nordic countries have diverged significantly from their ideological roots to an extent where they in practice subscribe to different variants of the same overarching ideology ...
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The Most Progressive Countries in the World

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In the Nordic countries we are beginning to see clear patterns of metamodern politics at play. That’s because the goldilocks conditions for revolution are to be found in places where everything functions and runs smoothly. The Nordic countries are extremely ordered societies, even today under the pressures of globalization and immigration. And it is within the framework of this extreme level of order – and the far progression of the dynamics inherent to modern society – that transformative political revolutions occur ...
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Response to Anonymous Author on Bunker Magazine

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This is a response to a critique of my work appearing on Bunker Magazine 15 April. The author remains anonymous but his or her political identity is quite clear – he or she is firmly based upon what I would term is a more “classical Left” perspective. In the following, I repeat the article in its entirety and give my responses. It’s presented as Anonymous Author (AA), interspersed with responses by me (HF) ...
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The Boom Equation

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Today we are experiencing an era in which several extremely far-reaching revolutions of technology, thinking and behavior are occurring simultaneously. For better and/or worse, profound changes are very likely to take place in the coming decades. The scientific revolution of the 17th century, the Enlightenment of the 18th, the industrial and chemical revolutions of the 19th century and even the combustion engine and the communications of the 20th century were all peanuts in comparison to the scope of what is going on today. It is as if all of these revolutions were happening at once ...
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The Metamodern Aristocracy

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The metamodern aristocracy is a class of people who have a combination of factors in their psychological, existential and cognitive constitutions that allow them to play a certain role on the new historical world stage of the metamodern age. But they are also people of social, economic and cultural privilege, who have the time, energy and emotional fuel to expend for abstract endeavors such as developing the future of the world-system. What we are looking for is a nicer, softer, more nuanced and flexible form of Leninism, an avant-garde, or vanguard, of people who recognize and align with some of the deep structures and long-term attractors of our age, and who cooperate transnationally to bring about profound changes in global society ...
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The Reign of Hackers, Hipsters & Hippies

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These people are not just annoying, they are also about to take over the world. They are the ones with the highest amount of cultural capital, which they trade at increasingly favorable exchange rates, and, with which they’ll eventually outcompete capitalism. And their progressive and postmaterialist values generally make them more concerned with the transition to an ecologically and socially sustainable society than making a buck to buy nice things. It’s not that they are better than normal folks, but they are the ones to invent all the things to save the world ...
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4 Things that Make the Alt-Right Postmodern

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The Alt-Right is a child of our time, a memetic mutation born from dissent, anger and resentment towards a perceived ruling elite thought to be out of tune with popular opinion. Our postmodern age has fostered an intellectual climate that has alienated a large part of the population and created an ideological vacuum from which the Alt-Right draws its power. But even if the Alt-Right should be seen as a counter-reaction against postmodern ideology, it’s just as much a postmodern phenomenon itself. It differs from previous currents to oppose postmodernism in the way it has adopted certain postmodern methods and insights to conduct the resistance. So even if the Alt-Right in many respects entails the absolute opposite to postmodern values, as a societal development it’s inherently postmodern ...
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What the * is the Alt-Right?

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The Alt-Right is currently one of the most hotly debated terms around, and for good reasons too. It's more than just plain bigotry. It has come to denote a new political current that displays some very novel properties that justifies the usage of a new term. Consequently it would be a mistake to merely dismiss it as old wine in new bottle ...
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How to Outcompete Capitalism?

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How do you outcompete capitalism? I don’t mean just another naive notion of abolishing capitalism, but really, outcompete. How we replace capitalism with superior means of coordinating people’s economic actions while reducing the importance of monetary exchanges. In this post I’ll investigate the nature and history of capitalism, its future and how we’ll eventually go beyond it – a tale about how the logic of money came to dominate our lives and how it’s going to be replaced by a superior one in the future ...
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What’s Alt-Left and What’s Not

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So what is the Alt-Left? Currently there’s a discussion going on about what exactly constitutes the Alt-Left, and as expected a lot of misunderstandings exist regarding what such a position would entail and what it is that justifies the introduction of a new term. But of equal importance is what the Alt-Left is not, what doesn’t qualify to be treated as belonging to a new branch of the leftwing. Here I’m going to shed some light on a few of the most prevailing misunderstanding ...
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Alt-Left Perspectives

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A new form of progressive thinking is needed due to the failures of the Left to adapt to the changes of the global, digitalized world-system and its postindustrial centers. But all of this flows not only from an analysis of our time, but also from more fundamental shifts in perspective. In this post we take a look at some of these shifts in general perspective and how they create a platform for a new form of politic ...
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Alt-Left Stance on Culture & Politics

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Here we take a look at some general political intuitions and stances that set the Alt-Left apart from the Old Left. This includes some rather sensitive topics in which our friends on the Left tend to react emotionally. The central issue here is that we are shifting from a “resistance stance” in which the Left is seen as reason and morality resisting the unjust structures of the world knowing that “another world is possible”, to a developmental stance, in which the mission is to improve upon the many faulty processes that constitute the world order ...
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Alt-Left Stance on Economy

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The main difference between the Old Left and the Alt-Left is that the latter focuses more on the cultural, behavioral and psychological sides of economic life. In a world where material resources are relatively abundant and information and information processing become dominant in economic life, money begins to matter less than e.g. cultural capital, good social relations and access to high quality information. What is lacking is not stuff, or money, but intelligent solutions for distribution, value creation and ideas about what to do with our lives in the first place. To create a fair and sustainable global order we must create better social settings for people to do worthwhile thing ...
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What is the Alt-Left about?

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This is the first in a series of blog posts were I’ll attempt to provide a rough outline of the positions of this emerging Alt-Left. You will find, over the years, that these positions will become increasingly common. This is because they reflect the attractors of how society is evolving: we are entering a new age, with an entirely new form of global economy and society. This means that many of the Old Left positions become unsustainable, irrelevant or downright counterproductive ...
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What’s Wrong with the Left?

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It’s a good question, isn’t it? Because, with all due respect, the Left doesn’t really seem to be going anywhere. It’s losing big time at the moment, so something must be wrong with it, right? Accordingly one finds a lot of answers out there, but few of them have much merit. Here are the five major reasons why the Left is losing ...
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Welcome to the Postmodern 1930s

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The times are a-changin’. And often we find recourse to previous times to understand ongoing events. The confusing and volatile conditions of the present have been compared to the turbulent times of the first half of the 20th century, in particular the period between the two world wars. This comparison has its merits, but it’s not without dangers of becoming too anachronistic if our allegories are taken too literally and if we fail to include a sound analysis of the present. It’s important to keep in mind that we’re living in a vastly different world than our close ancestors a century ago. So even if some of the mechanisms and patterns seem to be similar, the outcomes are likely to be very different ...
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Are we Living in a Postmodern Equivalent of the 1930s?

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In recent years many have compared our times with earlier epochs. Are we approaching a new 1914? Or is it perhaps more accurate to make comparisons with the 1930s? After all, the stable and predictable world order that followed the Second World War seems to be nearing its end. Another chaotic period to decide the future order of the planet appears to be what we can expect to live in for the foreseeable future. That does sound like an echo of the turbulent first half of the 20th century ...
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5 Things that Make You Alt-Left

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So you consider yourself a Leftie? Or perhaps you just want to educate yourself, getting up to par with your worst adversaries ever to come out of the Hell of progressive thought and action? In any case, you’re more than welcome to enjoy this brief presentation of what makes someone Alt-Left ...
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The Limits of Economic Inquiry

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To know what is useful to a dog, one must study dog-nature. This nature itself cannot be deduced from the principle of utility. Applying this to Man, he that would criticize all human acts, movements, relations etc., by the principle of utility, must first deal with human nature in general, and then with human nature as modified in each historical epoch. Bentham makes short work of it. With the driest naïveté, he takes the modern shopkeeper, especially the English shopkeeper, as the normal man ...
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Revolutions of Cultural Capital

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The world hardly noticed when the Danish party The Alternative snuck their way into parliament with almost 5% of the votes, less than two years after its founding was announced. And why should the world notice such menial, peripheral affairs in the quiet corners of the world? Because this event reveals a certain greater cultural pattern that come to affect the world at large ...
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Situating Zavarzadean Metamodernism, #5: Reading Frederic Jameson Against Mas’ud Zavarzadeh

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In the fifth of six ruminations on recent developments in metamodernism, I address the reading of Jameson that seems to animate the outlier meta- modernism of Vermeulen and van den Akker ...
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Situating Zavarzadean Metamodernism, #4: What Zavarzadean Metamodernism Is and Is Not

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A fourth of six ruminations on recent developments in metamodernism, rebutting misperceptions of Zavarzadean metamodernism and attempting to remedy these by close-reading Zavarzadeh’s seminal text ...
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Situating Zavarzadean Metamodernism, #3: Developing a Guiding Metaphor for the Metamodern

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This is the third of six ruminations on recent developments in meta- modernism. It addresses a recent essay on the topic by cultural theorists Vermeulen and van den Akker ...
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Situating Zavarzadean Metamodernism, #2: Metamodernism Across the Disciplines

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In contrasting metamodernism to previous cultural paradigms, I insist that the failure to account metamodernism a “movement” is at the heart of an error that now threatens ongoing metamodern research ...
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Situating Zavarzadean Metamodernism, #1: What Is Metamodernism?

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This is the first of six ruminations on recent developments in meta- modernism. It addresses the question of whether and how metamodernists can come to an agreement on the basic principles of the philosophy by developing a rudimentary outline for metamodernism ...
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Oh, Harris. Oh, Chomsky

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The intellectual internet reverberates. Small gods pause for a moment. Something interesting happened yesterday. The moral philosopher, neo-atheist, critic of Islam and all things religious (and secular proponent of meditation and spirituality) Sam Harris released a fascinating recent e-mail exchange with the intellectual giant of the Left: Noam Chomsky ...
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Secular Karma, Spiritual Reason

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Is there such a thing as Karmic law? What goes around comes around, huh? Or does it? Everybody gets what they deserve in the end. Or do they? Or how about this one: Does being a good person ultimately count for more than being powerful and successful? Is the world a fair place, a cosmic order of morality? ...
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Concerning the Complexities of Political Opinion – A Five Dimensional Model

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There are reasons for political opinions, different orders of causation. People hold opinions because. These different orders constitute separate but interconnected logics of causation that can all be, and have been, studied as their own separate fields of inquiry. These different kinds of because can be described and related to one another. I propose here to present a list of these different orders and some of their most important interrelations, as far as my theorizing can take me at this point ...
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Another Kind of Freedom

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Political freedom is a scale from seven to one, where seven is North Korea and one is the US, France or Sweden. At least according to the Washington based NGO Freedom House www.freedomhouse.org. Here’s the deal: There is one score for political rights and one for civil liberties. And when a country gets to one in both scores – it is free. But is that all there is to it? Is that the endpoint of human freedom? ...
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You’re not metamodern before you understand this. Part 2: Proto-Synthesis

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This is the second post regarding the major objectives of metamodernism. The first, on the political stance of Game Change, was a political follow-up on the post ‘5 things that make you metamodern’. This post will introduce the major underlying philosophical concept behind the metamodern project: Proto-Synthesi ...
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You’re not metamodern before you understand this. Part 1: Game Change

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The purpose is to present the two major objectives of the metamodern project, politically and philosophically. This post, part one, introduces the underlying political thinking behind metamodernism. We call it Game Change. Failing to understand this principle leads to very serious mistakes; such failure transmutes glowing idealism into murder most foul ...
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Sex. Politics. Politics. Sex.

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What would be a sane, pragmatic and holistic approach to gender equality in society? I would argue that we have three fundamental aspects of the gender-sex-equality-identity-relationship-reproduction complex (for short: the gender-political complex). Yes, these things are intrinsically linked to one another and can be treated as one single gender-political complex ...
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5 things that make you metamodern

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The basic stage theory proposed here is: modernist -> postmodernist -> metamodernist. So don’t skip past postmodernism, that especially goes out to the integral community, because you will end up with a cheap, empty tin version of metamodernism. Here’s a list of five key insights that make you metamodern ...
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Music and the Fall of Russia

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Russia may have won Crimea and the separatists may be gaining control over parts of Ukraine. But the war was over before it began. It was won by pop, clothes, style, sensitivity, yoga, food - and rock and roll. No half-naked cowboy president can compete with the lean muscles of an American movie star like Brad Pitt, no steely gaze can seduce better than the brilliant smile of Clooney ...
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5 Things Terrorists and Liberal Media Have in Common

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We see an international civil society defining what is pure and sacred (free press, humor, satire) and impure and unholy (terrorism, fundamentalism, attacks on the free society). But what social realities do these exclamations of moral indignation result in? Perhaps they have undesirable effects. Perhaps even, they have the same as the actions of the terrorists themselve ...
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Greece and Europe: Why the Left Is Not Enough

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This is the second post on economics, challenging the orthodoxies of the Left critique in our time. It is about another Greek drama, about agony and ecstasy in twelve parts – about why the glimmering hopes of a radical change will not materialize and be met this time around ...
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Beyond Piketty, Far Beyond

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Thomas Piketty's book Capital in the Twenty-First Century hit the world like a battering ram. The public conclusion: inequality is growing, there is a top 1 % with exponential wealth accumulation, and the middle classes have been outmaneuvered by global capital. The left has gained renewed rhetorical and political legitimacy. But is this a correct reading of Piketty's research? ...
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Metamodern Art, Culture and Politics

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How does metamodernism, an academic study of art and culture, relate to the recent developments in politics seen in Scandinavia and elsewhere, with movements like the Alternative? Indeed, how can we say anything meaningful about the pattern that connects metamodern art, politics and culture? ...
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Metamodernism, or Agony and Ecstasy in Twelve Parts

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I want to speak today about something else; about the birth of metamodern political consciousness. For me it is no joke. I want to be vulnerable now to begin with. Later, when I trash intellectuals, score cheap points and rage against the machine, remember that Hanzi Freinacht is only kidding around. Know that I am a vulnerable, bleeding soul just like you ...
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