The only future option is progressive. If the insane, outdated, stale, toxic political policies of today prove anything at all, it’s that they’ve had their day long ago. They’re obsolete, unworkable, and regressive at best, and genocidally suicidal at worst.
The society of the future simply cannot have the mindset of the past. The ideas of 1958 and 2018 were formed in totally different environments.
The pedant-clogged, dysfunctional “thinking” of hack policies is its own most appropriate tombstone.
Goodbye politics, progressive societies don’t need you
Politics itself is proving itself obsolete beyond redemption in so many ways. Who needs a herd of largely talentless gravy train riders, spruiking last century’s myths, literally at the expense of billions of people? The whole idea of politics needs to be reinvented as representation only, not the right to destroy lives, start wars, actively and deliberately encourage global hate, and contaminate the planet.
For an example of a progressive perspective – If the ridiculous, downright fraudulent social “choices” sold by politics now causing so much total grief to humanity are invariably, and uselessly, polarized, the solutions can only be depolarized. Polarization causes nothing but social dysfunction; that’s no sudden revelation. This is the general ethos of progressive thinking. Find problem, fix problem, move on to next problem. When problem solving, start with this obscene, useless polarization, and you’ll prevent problems for millennia to come.
(How, you ask? By using basic mediation and negotiation techniques. Find the common ground. Meet essential needs, and nobody has anything to bitch about. Then eliminate the remaining, much less important, sticking points. Simply by meeting needs, you’ll pre-defuse the polarized detonators. You’ll also make your fixes much more credible to both sides.)
Progressive vs problems basics
The new solutions have to be progressive, simply to keep up with the problems, and hopefully anticipate them and prevent future problems. Going backwards therefore helps nobody. It never has. It simply reinstates the problems of the past, while failing utterly to address the issues of the present or future. In many cases, it even fails to comprehend the present, let alone the future.
Traditions can come and go, but the ultimate functional human tradition is survival. Progressive thinking is also the natural antidote to a serious, systemic issue in current history for that reason. The only available choice for human survival is to bring in new methods, new perspectives, and new, idiot-proof working social dynamics.
Proper, expert global governance could clean up the global mess, fix health, and end poverty, and do it without anyone being disenfranchised, let alone persecuted or oppressed. Anything humanity needs is perfectly possible, but not with this hideous disease of regressive thinking attached to it. Like anything which is nothing but a liability, regressionism must go. It’s no longer “democratic” or inclusive, even in theory any more at government level. Socially, it’s worse. Well past expiry date, and due for the scrap heap before World War 1, society must be rebooted as a useful, positive environmental force for humanity.
I’m currently working on a book called Social Capitalism, which is an attempt to create a view of working options for a truly progressive, inclusive, sane, society. The future may not fully understand the level of total insanity now running this world, but hopefully, it’ll understand the cure.