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A progressive manifesto I can buy into

In Uncategorized on 06/01/2017 at 4:46 am

Readers will know that I have mostly contempt for the ideas that the UK’s Guardian is rabid about: stuff our ang oh tua kees mouth without understanding the assumptions and implications.

But here are some progressive ideas published in the Guardian that I can buy into happily as a conservative rentier with liberal tendencies:

We have just ended a year of political shock. Thanks to Brexit and Trump, the comfy consensus around an ever-more global, tech-powered world delivering bounty to all has been blown up. And the old political left-right spectrum has been replaced by a new spectrum. Some would sneeringly call it that of tribal v global, xenophobic v embracing, backward v forward. But there is a more generous, more productive, framing: protect v connect.

From that standpoint, the mistake made by the political/capitalist status quo these past years has been that in rushing towards an ever-more connected world, we failed to protect. We let millions of people come to fear the loss of their jobs, their dreams, and the cultural norms with which they were familiar. And in the process, aided by an out-of-control social media landscape, we have become disgusted by each other.

We urgently need new ways to find common ground and recreate a vision for the future worth pursuing. The jolt has been dramatic enough that it has sparked numerous ideas to help achieve this. At a minimum, it’s going to take:

An assault on fake news. The knowledge era needs knowledge, not clickbait. Look for new, self-correcting systems that tap into crowd wisdom, not mob-powered rumour-mongering.

A vision for the future of meaningful work for humans in a world filled by increasingly intelligent agents.

Education reforms that prepare our kids to thrive in that future.

New economic ideas, such as universal basic income.

A new articulation of globalist thinking. It should not be driven by faceless global elites, but by individuals connecting with each other across the planet and discovering just how much we can learn from each other.

Once we can start listening to each other again, there is a real discussion to be had on how we avoid sleepwalking into a future that humanity can’t handle. We want to be amazed and delighted. But not to lose our souls in the process. Let’s get that conversation rebooted!

Chris Anderson is a former technology publisher and the owner of TED (technology, entertainment, design), the global conference and media initiative.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/jan/02/2017-big-ideas-part-two-northern-labour-party-fighting-cancer

 

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