INVITE MAX BORDERS TO SPEAK

Towards a Synthesist Movement

Monday, May 28, 2018 | By Max Borders

Triaxial Weaving by Tim Tyler

Weaving Healthy Values Together Beyond Political In-Groups

The first instinct for most partisans or ideologues is to dig in one’s heels and cling to a checklist of group-identity criteria. Identification with one’s group, therefore, tends to come before sound thinking. And if someone else proposes an idea that is not on the checklist — or if that someone belongs to another group — we are biased to look for what’s wrong with what that person is proposing.

But what if we started looking for what’s right?

Those of us who are disciplined and open-hearted will not be so quick to retreat into tribal allegiances. Instead, we will look for the best ideas and the healthiest expressions of values from many different moralistic tribes.

Take the example of human welfare and poverty alleviation. Consider that there are three different groups with strong opinions on the matter.

  • Liberals think people ought to emphasis care as one of the highest values, and that entrepreneurship and markets are not enough to help society’s least advantaged.
  • Conservatives think there are right and wrong ways to help the least advantaged and that blanket welfare policies can create cycles of dependency that destroy community.
  • Libertarians think that entrepreneurship and markets do most of society’s work in terms of poverty alleviation and the rest can be done through charity and civil society.

Most of us would look at these three claims and try to figure out which one we subscribe to. But the Synthesist looks for what is valuable in all three and seeks to weave together the best strands in each. (Think Spiral Dynamics yellow.)

That’s exactly what we at Social Evolution are doing with the development of the DISC framework. DISC is an acronym for Distributed Income Support Cooperatives. The concept is based in the idea of mutual aid, and we are taking seriously all three claims above to develop the technology that lies at the heart of this framework.

Why? Because as DISC come closer to becoming a reality, we don’t want to miss out on the wisdom that comes from diverse perspectives. The more we can appreciate and integrate this wisdom, the more likely we are to create a system that works to the good of more and more people on the planet.

In the age of acrimonious politics, too many of us are wasting time and energy fighting for tribe. In doing so we fail to find the threads that can be woven together to make for tighter human bonds and a stronger social safety net.

Max Borders is the Executive Director of Social Evolution.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Articles

  • Beware the Universal Basic Income

    Photography by midzz at Deviant Art. Reasons to be skeptical of a UBI, plus a brief sketch of decentralized alternatives Not since the carbon tax has there been a proposal hotter than that of the universal basic income (UBI). Big Tech luminaries suc

    LEARN MORE
  • How We Become the Social Safety Net

    Human Fractals and Decentralized Alternatives to a UBI (DISCs) See art by SPCPETEW at Deviant Art Imagine a condition in which we have created our own social safety nets. That is, the safety nets are not created for us by some authority. Through se

    LEARN MORE
  • Cryptopsychedelic: Powerful Therapies for the Decentralization Age

    Part one in a series on the convergence of crypto technologies and psychedelics Art by Drunvalo Melchizedek at Psychedelic Adventure About a year ago, Joel’s life was a mess. He was overweight. He suffered frequent bouts of depression. And he could

    LEARN MORE
  • On “Curing” Authoritarianism

    Can Psychedelic Augmentation Prepare Us for Societies of the Future? “Double Boxed” by teundenouden at Deviant Art What is the difference between a disease and a disposition? And what if there were compounds that were just as effective at changi

    LEARN MORE
  • It’s Not Cambridge Analytica. It’s Our System of Government

    Let’s be honest: We’re set up for a democracy of rubes and that scares us Source: Deviant Art Artist: Oddities by Ernie The coordinated outrage against Cambridge Analytica is brilliant strategy. What better way to neutralize your opposition in a

    LEARN MORE
  • Before the Violence Strikes

    Photo by Rakesh Bakshi, International Business Times, Getty Images Violence is a fact of life. And yet, we should continue to do what we can to reduce it. Questions around policies are debatable. But we’re not interested in policy debates here, as

    LEARN MORE
  • Towards a Synthesist Movement

    Triaxial Weaving by Tim Tyler Weaving Healthy Values Together Beyond Political In-Groups The first instinct for most partisans or ideologues is to dig in one’s heels and cling to a checklist of group-identity criteria. Identification with one’s

    LEARN MORE
  • The Social Singularity is Here

    Well, the book anyway. It’s been a while since I’ve written. One reason is I’ve been gearing up for the launch of The Social Singularity. If you’re curious about the book, you can get it and help tweak the Amazon algorithm. If you’d like to

    LEARN MORE
  • Welcome to Social Evolution.

    Dubai skyline among clouds courtesy of Vertical Dubai We’re committed to liberating humanity through innovation More regimes have been brought, piecemeal, to their knees by what was once called “Irish democracy,” the silent, dogged resistance,

    LEARN MORE
  • The Death of Political Theory

    By Richard Cederfjard at Deviant Art Ideology Dies One Small Social Experiment at a Time Greetings from the post-ideological era. It’s early still, but what innovators and entrepreneurs are creating right now is about to reorganize society as we k

    LEARN MORE