Poster: The New Political Map

The New Political Map 2015

Full-sized downloadable PDF version with hyperlinks here. I have added in the names of seven people I greatly admire (all, sadly, middle-aged or older white males) who have written articles or books that I think exemplify worldviews F through L. In the PDF version, clicking on the names will open links to these articles in your browser.

This is not to say that these people exemplify these worldviews; nor are they the authors of the ‘taglines’ I show in the poster for purposes of defining and differentiating the worldviews. Most of us have multiple and changing worldviews across swaths of this map, which is only sensible when new information is constantly surfacing. No one knows for sure what the future will hold, and we need to keep our options open and work together on initiatives where we share a common purpose.

Hope you find this useful.

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6 Responses to Poster: The New Political Map

  1. Peggy says:

    It’s interesting that your focus is on collapse. Barbara Marx Hubbard’s focus is on rebirth. A caterpillar’s collapse is necessary for the emergence of the butterfly. And even putting it in terms of “ending” or “beginning” diminishes the reality of an ever-evolving Universe in which change is the norm. That we can see it, put it into historical perspective, acknowledge the speeding-up of change, and choose where to put our individual and collective energy is the gift of having been born into this precious, urgent time.

  2. Earl Mardle says:

    Thanks Dave, I’ll have a look. While some kind of differentiation is necessary, I agree, I am also all over the map depending on where I am and what I’m doing, who I’m working with etc.

    Peggy, I can’t agree. We are not caterpillars nor butterflies and “we” will not be reborn as something else, “we” will die and others may be something else in our places. Like it or not, we are discrete units who can act collectively or whose actions can be aggregated into larger scale effects the existence of which we don’t necessarily understand or perceive, but the “we” will live and die as human beings on this planet.

    Furthermore, as the social and economic structures which are our life support systems collapse, the possibility that we will die in some unhappy fashion will rise sharply. There is no question that we are entering a transitional phase of human, and possibly life, existence on this planet, but don’t imagine for a moment that it will be easy or pleasant. To quote The Hitchhiker’s Guide on the subject of travelling by transporter,
    “its a bit like being drunk”
    “what’s so unpleasant about being drunk”
    ” ask a glass of water”

    Any woman who has had a normal vaginal delivery knows about “transition”, now scale that up to 8 billion people going through it simultaneously.

  3. Liliana says:

    Thank you very much, Dave. All your writings and works are high value; they constitute a great contribution.
    And thanks for your courage and sincerity, and for sharing your life.

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  6. Over the last decade I’ve explored the range from F to L, before rebounding and settling somewhere near J. I spent the least amount of time with H because of my viscerally non-violent nature. Because I see myself as a quietist (the opposite of an activist) I find Kingsnorth’s perspective greatly appealing.

    This is a very thought-provoking map, Dave. Thanks for creating it and keeping it updated.

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