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Reviewing the Handling of Political Tensions

Framework Development

We can now consider the complete Tree that is the framework for handling political tensions in a society.

Note: The Channels are currently under investigation within the TOP Studio. Given the numerous Tree frameworks developed from first principles, the pattern is now regarded as established. The result is as shown in the diagram here.

Framework tree of participation and change: The People versus the Sources of Power

This Framework is provisionally being developed via the following steps:

Step 1: Determining that the integrative/unifying v divisive/splitting duality is crucial in any intervention in political life, and applying that duality to the Groupings/Levels in the structural hierarchy.

Step 2: Preventing social disruption by recognizing Channels that must exist where there are two Centres in one Level.

Step 3: Identifying ways that people and society function politically, based on Channels that cross one Level.

Step 4: Identifying political impetus created by Channels of influence crossing two Levels. Not all possibilities are functional.

Step 5: Recognizing the anchor of political life that runs between the need for stability (CG7) and policy proposals (CG4).

The People are the Source of Power

Reminder: Closed Each of the Levels in this Tree originates from Groupings in the Spiral Structural Hierarchy. Each Grouping contains all the Levels in the originating hierarchy of political choice. The Groupings are shown in green on the far right of the diagram,
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«The powerful» and «the people», the previous internal duality, are here both fully engaged and integrated at every Level. e.g.Closed at L7, stability depends on governmental actions, mass action, and individual activities. At L6, the social order is shaped both by elites and by the culture and activities of the populace; and so on. The full details were developed in the framework of political life.

Participation and change, the new internal duality, is shown on the left together with the way these two dynamics progress.

Change is not the monopoly of «the powerful» (who generally prefer the status quo) while participation is a matter for «the people».

Change flows from the «sources of power» intrinsic to social life. These sources spring from «the people».

«The powerful» will seek to manipulate «the sources of power»—but they can do so only as long as the people allow them. That permission is a function of the maturity and awareness of the people en masse. «The powerful» cannot withstand mass action. This takes us back to where we started this inquiry: the Spiral of Political Maturation.

Originally posted: August-2009; Last updated: 15-Nov-2010

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