In reading this matrix, recognize that the Cycle-2 . The maturational process is cumulative so even the earliest features do not disappear entirely or (in some cases) at all.features becomes possible because of the maturation generated in the
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for each & all
of civil society
|Genuine civic commitment
||Needs-based policy-making||Communities of choice|
|Application of ultimate values||Localism &
|Better relations of the government
and the people.
|Self-acceptance||Being valued by
|Criterion of reasoned fairness|
|Effective use of
& social pressure
|Multiplicity of perspectives||Accounts of psychosocial
The transitions and mode principles defined for Cycle-2 are somewhat theoretical because no society has yet matured in this way, Despite the errors, the narrative has been offered as possible, relevant and moving in the right direction. This form of imaginative work may assist a desired future to emerge.
In the move► by way of a financial disaster, the populace will feel and express contempt, disgust and revulsion at its betrayal and exploitation by the political-financial elites. However, the recognition will dawn that the elites could only benefit themselves through an implicit acceptance and permission provided by the voters.
By recognizing their own destructive tendencies—to be infantilized, to get free-today pay-tomorrow lunches, to borrow and spend recklessly, to be over-protected from risks—the people will be able to obtain their freedom and retake their power.
Thewill seem to most elites like a step backwards—exactly the view of the traditional elites in regard to giving democracy to the masses. Nevertheless, the assumption of responsibility by the people for their government represents a major step forward.
The new politics will be made possible and propelled forward by technological developments associated with the Internet, mobile communications, and computer capabilities generally.
The limitations of a responsibility that is diffused over the citizenry will become slowly apparent. Fuelled by poor choices, discrimination against minorities and a lack of noble ideals, society will descend into a spiritual crisis.
Fortunately, any spiritual crisis contains the seeds of its own resolution through the awakening of latent spiritual capacities within many. This will manifest as thein the realm of politics and government.
Through its focus onand , people will start developing a respect for convictions that give civic political participation a genuine meaning—possibly for the first time for many.
Citizenship will stop being a matter of socialization into blind patriotism as applied in Cycle-1. Instead it will become an expression of personal as to which community and society a person chooses to reside and contribute.
The problem with individuality to the fore and generate an intense differentiation of people. Many inequalities that were a source of so much discontent and false solutions are now unmistakably perceived as part of being human. This tragedy of individuality will serve as the precursor to the next and last Stage: the .principles is that they bring
principles express what the original notion of politics was all about:
Only at this stage will it be possible for any individual to have an impact, so far as is feasible, within their social group. This impact will be based on a return to effectivein politics such that applies and there is a genuine devolution of political power and choice to communities.
Once ais established, a re-worked will be in place. It will not be a utopia. It will, however, allow people to live securely and peacefully, upholding their values and pursuing their interests in a constructive way.
Originally posted: July 2009; Last updated: 27 Jan 2010