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From Premodern to Metamodern Mind: a Brief History of Human Evolution 2

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 facets.

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The following is a slightly edited extract from Hanzi Freinacht’s book ‘The Listening Society: a metamodern guide to politics, book one’. This is the first book in a series on metamodern thought, a work of popular philosophy that investigates the nature of psychological development and its political implications. What you will read below is from the chapter on symbol-stages, the evolution of our shared symbolic toolkits.

”Beyond all human affairs, beyond all of our dramas and pass­ions, lies something far more abso­lute, a reality more real than our everyday lives.” —The Premodern Mind

10) From Premodern to Metamodern Mind

9) Beyond Left and Right (delete alt-left static)

Beyond Left and Right, at Long Last 5

It has become increasingly commonplace in our days to speak of the classical Left-Right scale as outdated, but somehow few people seem to be able to clearly articulate what that means. Sometimes you will hear about an econ­omic scale (high or low redistribution) and a social one (trad­itional vs. liberal values), a space with four quadrants. Sometimes people will pitch progress­iveness against conservativeness – but then in reality the nationalist conserv­atives often team up with welfare defending left-wingers. Jona­than Haidt shows us how liberal and conservative values seem to match each other and create a sum greater than its parts. Anthony Giddens tried to synthesize Left and Right in order to create a dynamic economy that was able to support progressive welfare and solid­arity (Tony Blair’s New Labour showed us the results of that – hardly a satisfying radicalization of politics, from a Left per­spective). Although there are some merits to each of these developments – per­haps Haidt especially, who looks at how conservative and liberal senti­ments create a whole greater than the sum of its parts – none of them sufficiently expl­icate the philosophical underpinnings and political consequ­ences of an ideo­logy that genuinely lies beyond Left and Right.

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Feminism, yes. Culture of fear, no thanks. 4

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. Basically, there are some paradoxes around trying to be inclusive that can and will stifle any intelligent and productive development of the organization unless people recognize them and learn to consciously steer clear of them. If anybody can pull the “exclusion” card at any time, scoring moral points and handing out heaps of vaguely formulated blame, this can and will foster a culture of fear. Let’s go through it.

“Groups with more women have higher ‘collective intelligence’.”

Why so many guys in new, experimental organizations?

There is research that suggests that women on average have a somewhat higher social and emotional intelligence than men, and that groups or organizations where many key positions are held by women are somewhat more functional, i.e. they have higher “collective intelligence” than groups with fewer women (according to the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence).

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8) The Danish Alternative, a Party about Nothing

The Danish Alternative, a Party about Nothing 4

What kind of political movements are going to address the developmental aspects of human psychology and their societal consequences I have put forth in my book The Listening Society? Who will embrace the long-term vision herein for cultivating a deeper kind of welfare that revolves around looking after the personal development of citizens in an open and democratic way? And what kind of phenomenon is going to emerge in party politics to work in accordance with the framework of co-development, democratization and deliberation described in my other book Nordic Ideology? In short, what’s the political party of the metamodern age, the one to take the victorious meta-ideology of green social-liberalism to the next level? The answer to this 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.

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The following is a slightly edited extract from Hanzi Freinacht’s book ‘The Listening Society: a metamodern guide to politics, book one’. This is the first book in a series on metamodern thought, a work of popular philosophy that investigates the nature of psychological development


The Meta-Ideology that Conquered Scandinavia 2

In my previous post I argued that the Nordic countries, in virtue of being the most progressive in the world, offer an interesting case study for the world-system as a whole to see in which direction societal progress is taking us. So what political patterns can we see emer­ging here? It’s not only that political goals deemed utopian in other countries already have been accomplished in Scandinavia, and by its residents often seen as trivial political realities beyond discussion. And it’s not just that Scandinavians in general tend to have more progressive views and values, or that many of the issues conservatives and progressives elsewhere usually tend to bitterly quarrel about already have been resolved in favor of the latter in the Nordics. These are very interesting circumstances indeed, but there is another development on the ideological level, less obvious and rarely touched upon, namely that a quite substantial change has occurred to the political game in late modern, post-industrial societies which appears to have progressed the furthest in Nordic politics.

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The following is a slightly edited extract from Hanzi Freinacht’s book ‘The Listening Society: a metamodern guide to politics, book one’. This is the

7) The Meta-Ideology that Conquered Scandinavia

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The Most Progressive Countries in the World

What does a political revolution look like these days? Violent uprisings and burned car tires? Bloody coups and rolling heads? Or millions of people gathering in the streets? No, a true transformative revolution of politics is occurring – much in line with Marx’s ideas – within the most culturally and economically developed parts of the world-system. And devel­op­­ment has gone the farthest, by quite a margin, in a rather quiet corn­er of the world: Scandinavia. 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. Deep changes of the social, econ­o­mic, political and behav­ioral structures are happening at an accel­erating pace, because this is one of the few places in the world that runs smoothly enough to allow it.

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The following is a slightly edited extract from Hanzi Freinacht’s book ‘The Listening Society: a metamodern guide to politics, book one’. This is


Response to Anonymous Author on Bunker Magazine

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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AA: Hanzi Freinacht is the main author in the website metamoderna.org. As a disclaimer, this is not an attack on Freinacht as a person, nor is the point to put in doubt his qualifications as a philosopher. This is an attack on his ideology.

HF: Muchly appreciated. I wish the internet was a little more like this – respectful, kind, content focused. Cudos to AA.

AA: Freinacht claims to have discovered Ariadne’s thread, the resolution to the puzzle of overcoming postmodern capitalism, which he tells us consists of “out-competing capitalism”. Capitalism, he tells us, is not to be abolished nor combated, but outperformed. I am unsure if Freinacht is even aware of the irony here: for many years this was the line

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3) The Boom Equation

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You are an educated and up-to-date reader, of course, but just to make certain that you haven’t missed it, I would like to underscore that we are today living in a time of unparalleled social, technological and cultural change and development. 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 following is a slightly edited extract from Hanzi Freinacht’s book ‘The Listening Society: a metamodern guide to politics, book one’. This is the first book in a series on metamodern thought, a work of popular philosophy that investigates the nature of psychological development and its political implications. What you will read below is from the chapter named “Crisis-Revolution” which investigates the newly dug trenches in contemporary politics, the new classes and polarization to emerge and the rise of “trumpism” in the US and populist nationalism in Europe.

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The Metamodern Aristocracy 8

In my previous post I wrote about the triple-H population, the hipsters, hackers and hippies that with greater amounts of cultural capital are going to change the world and outcompete capitalism. These are the forerunners of the coming aristocracy of the metamodern age, an elitist avant-garde and a group of people that in the near future will assist the bourgeoisie in demoting itself to peasantry by its very own consumerism and narrow-mindedness.

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The following is a slightly edited extract from Hanzi Freinacht’s book ‘The Listening Society: a metamodern guide to politics, book one’. This is the first book in a series on metamodern thought, a work of popular philosophy that investigates the nature of psychological development and its political implications. What you will read below is from the chapter about new and important agents on the political playing field such as process based parties, metamodern activists, transnationalism and the emergence of the metamodern aristocracy.

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.

2) The metamodern aristocracy

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The Reign of Hackers, Hipsters & Hippies 8

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. The reason for that is that their services, products and ideas have a competitive advantage; they are simply capable of creating the stuff everyone wants. These people are the main agents within crucial sectors such as IT, design and organizational devel­op­ment, which are growing in importance as the economies of the West are getting increasingly de-industrialized and more digitalized. The sociologist Richard Florida called them the creative class. His theory has merits, but he failed to see the wider political implications of a new rising class with values departing from the mainstream. He also lacked a framework for understanding the developmental psychology behind and he missed vital aspects of how it all links up with techno­logical progress. Here you’ll get to know these agents of change and understand why they’re important.

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The following is a slightly edited extract from Hanzi Freinacht’s book ‘The Listening Society: a metamodern guide to politics, book one’


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