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Sender: Bruce Schuman
Subject: Conservatives - values - cocreativity
Date: Fri, May 2, 2014
Msg: 100964

Just to chime in on this - my own instinct on this - is to look for the deepest values in a vision of successful community.

And work to build a movement based on people that share those values. We have to find them, and build from there.

This is where the revolution is, imho - in a new vision of inclusive ("integral/holistic/collaborative/transpartisan") community.

Some on this list want to find some strategy to manipulate the thinking of the mass market and attract them in from some angle. But for me - that angle has to be the deepest core human values - shared by everyone who recognizes that "we're all in this together, and we have to work it out together".

This is a core American value. It goes to the traditional vision of "melting pot" and the "we are a nation of immigrants" idea. "Diversity makes us stronger". Find people who can see that and start weaving them together.

The kind of movement I would like to see happening - would be based on a simple vision of human cooperation in the big-bad national context of extreme diversity - and extreme social fragmentation.

This is where the heroic forces are, I think. This is where the inspiring new flag-wavers are, the new patriots, the new lovers-of-country, the new lovers-of-fellow-humanity - who want to see our nation brilliant and successful - and who know in their souls that no mere concentration on a few issues is going to get us anywhere.

The first "public values failure" - is a failure of community. It's a failure of trust. It's a failure of teamwork. It's a failure of suspicion and doubt and accusation - and the self-righteous anger that too often goes with it (see Jon Haidt).

We need a revival of the Spirit of Democracy. We need a core recognition that no one human has all the answers - that we need each other. The ancient social contracts were implicitly built on that awareness. We need a new social contract based on co-creativity.

Once that comes into place - then all these issue-specific questions can be looked at carefully. Until then - we are a nation divided - divided and manipulated. If we want a new politics - we must build it on a core foundation - on absolute bedrock. That bedrock is the fundamentals of healthy community.

Bruce Schuman




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From: List for transpartisan leaders and innovators [mailto:TRANSPARTISAN@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG] On Behalf Of Roger Bernier Sent: Friday, May 02, 2014 1:32 PM To: TRANSPARTISAN@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG Subject: [TRANSPARTISAN] Fwd: [TRANSPARTISAN] Conservatives

Not sure policies will always follow, and anyway, policy decisions delayed are policy benefits denied. For example, the values of the majority appear to be aligned on the value of human life and those values align with beliefs that guns increase the risk of death in the population as a whole. However, improved gun control policies are not following predictably and excess deaths are being recorded every day. This is an example of a "public values failure" as first described by Barry Bozeman.

What does this group of readers think is the best feasible way to address "public values failures" and/or to prevent them from occurring in the first place?

Roger Bernier

University of Georgia

College of Public Health and

The Epidemiology Monitor



From: millershed@EARTHLINK.NET To: TRANSPARTISAN@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG Sent: 5/2/2014 2:56:10 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time Subj: Re: [TRANSPARTISAN] Conservatives

Good stuff, Bill! I would just say that, when values become aligned (regardless of what we believe, though it's nice if these become aligned as well), policies will follow, reflecting those values (given, of course, the inherent lag time due to resistance from vested powers).

John Miller (952) 797-2302 Green Tea Party Movement

-----Original Message----- From: William Schenken Sent: Apr 30, 2014 12:27 PM To: TRANSPARTISAN@LISTS.THATAWAY.ORG Subject: Re: [TRANSPARTISAN] Conservatives


For me this conversation is about the level on which level partisan dialog should happen. It seems to me that the dialog would ideally happen at levels but that is not practical. We are never going to get everyone to agree on everything.

So I think of three levels. First is values. By values, I mean the things we want before we define ourselves as conservative or liberal. They are inherently difficult to discuss because they are largely emotional and experiential. I view values as the subject expression of our individual experiences.

The second level is beliefs. These range from our beliefs about what is a fact (creation vs evolution) to more philosophical areas (conservative vs liberal, science vs religion vs scientific religion). In the world of beliefs there appears to me a spectrum from art to science. Some things like political questions about the role of government will always be an art where compelling arguments can be made but the answer cannot be known. Conversely, some things like whether vaccines cause autism do submit themselves to scientific study.

To me, the middle of that spectrum is most fruitful area for transpartisan dialog. That is where there is the greatest ability for people to change their beliefs because the discussion can be based mostly in facts. Let me use abortion as an example. The morality of abortion is very close to values and people are not likely to change their values from a public dialog. That said, no one wants more abortions. So it seems there is fruitful ground around what we can do to reduce abortions while still allowing women control of their own bodies.

The third level is policy. We use our values and beliefs to determine the policies we want. To me, the goal of a transpartisan movement is to use dialog on beliefs to build consensus on policy. And the key to making that dialog successful is to avoid overly philosophical discussions that will highlight differences and focus on accomplishing shared goals. Then in the long term, finding ways to move the more philosophical discussions forward and maybe if we don't agree, at least have them.

One other thought on freedom vs order. My personal belief it that it will forever be a struggle for humans to understand the proper balance of the two and how to determine the role of government. The only way forward is to keep having the conversation and make adjustments as we gain evidence from past experiences.

RE: Incentive Reform

The problem I have with incentive reform is that I don't agree with Rick's premise that "government is currently dramatically beyond such limits". I think the government is bloated and corrupt in places but I want higher taxes, more wealth redistribution and more regulation of Wall Street and pollution. From what I have gathered, it is based in conservative principles. I think the idea has merit, but it's something short of what I envision.

RE: Apologies

I would feel like this would be productive if most Americans felt a strong association with either political party. To me, this assumes that the political division shown on cable news permeates America. I see a small percent of political elites in a heated battle and most people thinking those people are the problem.

And, well, I had to re-read that part several times because I thought conservatives should be apologizing to liberals for the 2008 crash, the patriot act and based on the work of Piketty, the entire Reagan/Thatcher NeoCon movement. And yes, I think our police/fire departments, mental health support services, addiction recovery services, environmental protection/conservation efforts, and schools still need way more funding before we call social efforts failed. That said, I think there are structural problems stemming from the unprecedented inequality in out country that will take a generation of wealth redistribution to address because institutional effects. I believe that markets are effective at allocating scare resources but no at determining what should be scarce. So, I only elaborate on this to emphasize that these issues are complex and nuanced. Where one person sees a slam dunk, another sees another chapter in the conversation.

I would also point out that my views on them change constantly as I learn new information. I have gone from being very liberal to being more conservative back to being more liberal. So people who are engaged are constantly going to be evolving their understanding. How can we help those of us that want to understand more and find news ways forward to learn and connect?


Bill Schenken

Bellingham City Club


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