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The Progressive’s Handbook for Reframing Democratic Values
- NOTE: The word “progressive” refers to those individuals of any political party who seek the legitimate means to support the evolution of democracies to become more effective and representative of citizens, the public, who are the final authority for the establishment of democracies.
- All mature contemporary democracies today have developed to the point where they have expired all of the latent potential as “Stage 2 Democracies.” To sustain the functional working order of those democratic, mature democracies need to evolve to become values-based “Stage 3 Democracies.” See page 81 for the table that compares the two Stages.
- The Progressive’s Handbook provides clear explanations for reframing democratic values in terms of the seven values of our species that are universally and timelessly innate and organic to all people. Democracies are the visible result of citizens striving to satisfy their hierarchy of needs that emanate from those values. When that is stifled, social and political problems arise.
- The logic-sequence of these values also provide for the logical development of a universal and timeless ethic and morality that emanate from those values. And this provides for the rational development of rules of conduct, laws, for the organized social existence of free citizens in relationship to others, and their government.
é Finally, the values that have sustained the survival of our species for over 200,000 years can become the bridge for rational and effective dialogue between progressives, conservatives, and liberals in all political parties in all democratic nations.
What is provided in The Progressive’s Handbook is an introduction to the empowerment of citizens, with brief but pragmatic instructions how to form large blocs of public consensus.