Agenda for Radical Progress

The aim of this blog is to advance a vision of social struggle and transformation focused on eight types of social movement development: anti-war/anti-violence, political/radical democratic, gender, sexuality, anti-racism, religion/irreligion, economics, and ecology.

All of these social movement types also point to a comprehensive vision of all of life, not just activism. Though in some ways oversimplified, a scheme of eight ever-widening categories will help to elaborate the connection of social movement and struggle with the broad expanse of life, from individual experience to planetary system.

These eight categories are:

Institutional
Social movement
Cultural/Societal
Interpersonal
Personal
mind-body
organic
environment

These categories are interwoven and embedded within each other. The usefulness in teasing them apart is to develop a balanced perspective on the relation of personal to political.

By elaborating each of the social struggles in terms of the categorical “map”, the result is a broad vision of the human search for wholeness. Here is a brief inventory of this vision:


Anti-Racism
1- (Ecosystem) – Racially-differing ecosystem conditions
2 – (Organic) – physical characteristics that identify one with a racial group
3 – (Mind/body) – Biopsychological consequences of racial discrimination (eg blood pressure)
4 – (Personal) – Feelings of belonging to or alienation from a racial group
5 – (Interpersonal) – Felt inhibitions towards forming healthy relationships across racial barriers
6 – (Culture/Societal) – cultural practices and traditions of one’s racial group
7 – (Social Movement) – coordinated activism to alter social & institutional racial domination
8 – (Institutional) – institutions and power-relations bearing on racial identity and power


Religion/Irreligion
1 – Geographic/Climate influences on religious traditions and communities
2 – Racial origins of religious traditions
3 – yoga, private rituals, biopsychological
4 – ultimate convictions; intentions to improve thoughts & feelings
5 – Relational virtues cultivated by a tradition
6 – shared convictions, traditions about ultimate matters
7 – Religiously-motived movements to change a religious tradition/change social conditions
8 – Structures and institutions perpetuating shared orientations on ultimate matters


Economics
1 – Impact of economic practices on environment
2 – physical activity of labor
3 – Biopsychological impact of workplace conditions
4 – sense of compentence, work experience, skill-sets
5 – attitudes towards others fostered by economic setting
6 – workplace culture, status hierarchies
7 – labor unions, industry response to labor activism
8 – wealth distribution, managerial systems

Ecology
1 – Objective conditions of ecosystems
2 – Organismic conditions arising from ecosystem
3 – Neurological ecology, consumption habits, reproduction practices
4 – felt connection to nature, ethical assessment of natural value
5 – Relation to embodiment of others
6 – traditions and shared attitudes toward nature
7 – Activism to conserve and alter damaging uses of ecosystem
8 – systems of resource acquisition and consumption, habitat integrity


Gender
1 – Ecosystem support for reproduction
2 – physical gender
3 – male/female psychobiology
4 – gender psychology
5 – Attitudes and valuation of gender
6 – gender role traditions
7 – activism to alter or reinforce gender roles and institutions
8 – institutionalized gender role conditions


Sexuality
1 – ecological factors affecting sexual conditions
2 – sexual health, body practices (nudity)
3 – sexual neurology
4 – orientation, feelings about sex
5 – feelings about sexual relationships
6 – shared sexual attitudes
7 – activism to alter, enhance, or repress sexual activity
8 – institutionalized sexual contracts


Politics
1 – Evolutionary development of power relationships
2 – Organic components of power, eg, communication, strength
3 – evolutionary tendencies to cooperation vs dominance hierarchies
4 – attitudes toward authority and dissent
5 – Political systemic effects on relationships
6 – Traditions of political valuation – statism vs. anti-statism
7 – Movements for governmental change
8 – concrete governmental institutions


War/Violence/Peace
1 – Ecosystem influences on aggression and cooperation
2 – Evolved capacities for aggression and cooperation
3 – Biopsychological components of violence or violence-inhibition
4 – Personal attitudes and convictions towards violence & revenge
5 – Face-to-face Modes of conflict resolution
6 – Social/Cultural norms of violence, revenge, and defense
7 – Movements to decrease or increase violent action
8 – institutional violence management – police/military

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2 thoughts on “Agenda for Radical Progress

  1. Ecology1 – Objective conditions of ecosystems2 – Organismic conditions arising from ecosystem 3 – Neurological ecology, consumption habits, reproduction practices4 – felt connection to nature, ethical assessment of natural value5 – Relation to embodiment of others6 – traditions and shared attitudes toward nature7 – Activism to conserve and alter damaging uses of ecosystem8 – systems of resource acquisition and consumption, habitat integrity
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