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Trump and a Post-Truth World: An Evolutionary Self-Correction

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The election of Donald Trump is an evolutionary self-correction that has been decades in the making — a backlash against the failure of the leading edge of consciousness (postmodernism and pluralism) to acknowledge the lie underlying the progress they’ve pursued: it’s not equal, it’s not consistent, and it doesn’t make room for everyone. But a new integral force is emergin ...more
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Published January 2017 by Integral Life
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Emily May
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, nonfiction
I found this a really interesting and convincing opinion piece. Most of what Wilber discusses aligns with my own beliefs, so it was a little case of preaching to the choir - but still, I took a lot away from it.

Wilber attempts to explain the election of Trump, and the current notion of "truth" and "post-truth" in the world today using his own integral theories. I had no prior knowledge of his work on Integral Theory and the four quadrants, but this book was written in a way that made it easy to
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Annie
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
While I do agree with some of his points, and find the human stages of development theory an interesting one, I wish the author hadn’t turned his idea of the left (“green”) into his own strawman. Do those crazy SJWs on tumblr/Twitter shrieking about every little thing exist? Absolutely. Are they the majority of people who care about social justice issues? No. He kept using the same example over and over again, about how famous comedians don’t come to colleges anymore because millennials are too ...more
Eugene Pustoshkin
I enjoyed the transmission of an integral-wisdom state of consciousness.
Seth Braun
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
The big idea for the book:
The Trump presidency is evolutionary self-correction.
The Green post-modern world-view needs to get some things right.
We are on notice to hold a higher bar for the “truth.”

The proviso for reading this review: Trump & The Post Truth World really requires a pre-requisite understanding of and a basic adherence to developmental models. Otherwise, it becomes difficult to understand what he is talking about and/or you won’t have faith in what asserts.

I happen to find the d
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Michael
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is essentially a long essay by Ken Wilber on his analysis of Trump's rise to power. Wilber is best known for his Integral theory, a theory on psychological development and it's implications for individuals and society. I found his arguments persuasive and enlightening. In essence Wilber argues that society has evolved in stages from an egocentric worldview to an ethnocentric worldview and further to a world centric (believe in progress,, free speech, merit, free trade etc) and finally to it ...more
Debby Hallett
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
This has helped me to make sense of Trump's America and Brexit's Britain. Admittedly I have a two decades' foundation in Ken Wilber's Integral philosophy, so I don't know how much of his discourse would be comprehensible to someone who didn't. But understanding what's happening is key (for me) to knowing what's best TO DO now. So, 5 stars for changing my thinking. Or for reminding me of what I already knew, I guess. It's sort of a return of hope.
Gordclements
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
This book seems to be more about evolution and Integral development than Donald Trump who according to Wilber seems to be a symptom of the present American developmental stage. I have read several Ken Wilber books over the years. Thomas Kuhn , a respected scientist and philosopher that Wilber often refers too might suggest that Wilber’s creation of Integral theory is just that, its a hypotheses”. I think that Wilber raises a. lot of interesting and important issues that are utterly necessary to ...more
Johnny
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
You can get a copy for the cost of sharing your email address, here: https://integrallife.com/trump-post-t.... It's about 80 pages, but the print is large, maybe 200 words or so on a page, so despite the density of its contents, it's a relatively quick read.

I came across this work from Michael Krieger over at Liberty Blitzkrieg, and based on what he had to say about it, I came into it expecting something that might be helpful for liberals trying to come to terms with, and understanding of, the T
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Eugene Pustoshkin
This is an official edition of Ken Wilber’s long essay on Trump and post-truth. I had to re-read it once again in a process of working on the Russian translation of the book. I haven’t analyzed whether there are significant differences in the text in comparison to the ebook version that had been published last winter. It does have an added note to the reader, but I quickly looked through the sections of both versions, and they seem to be similar/identical (unless I missed some insertions in the ...more
Michael  Gajda
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
https://integrallife.com/four-quadrants/

http://www.integralworld.net/wilber_s...

If you never read any Ken Wilber or anything about Integral Theory or
Spiral Dynamics some of the language in "Trump and a
Post-Truth World" might seem a tad confusing at times. But I think you can probably work around and through it to understand his gist.
It's a blunt and I think an enlightening analysis of how we got where we are and how some self-examination might be in order for a lot of us. It summarizes with s
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Mike
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An astonishingly astute reading of what led to the election of Donald Trump and what sort of attitude needs to be changed if we want to avoid a Mad Max dystopian future.

Wilber's insights essentially revolve around extremism: Wilber, like any intelligent, coherent, and sincere truth seeker, merely reasons in a way that seems perfectly acute and accurate to people he calls "integral" - which in my language means "coherent". To notice relevant informational states, essentially, is what makes Ken W
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Julia Fink
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
The concepts are spot-on...just a too long, too boring read to stay with it through the solutions. Way too wordy and too messy in writing...
Mattr76
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This thought-provoking book makes a good case for "what happened" in 2016, drawing heavily upon something called Integral Theory. This visually stunning model of human development assigns colors to memes that individuals and cultures progress through, from egocentric to ethnocentric to worldcentric and beyond. I am reminded both of Plato's idealized hierarchy of governments (and personalities) described in the Republic, and Jimi Hendrix's "rainbow of emotions" he sings about in "Bold As Love." A ...more
Dean Zochert
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
In spite of the title, it’s not really a book about Trump. Rather, it’s a book about why he was elected...the social and cultural structures the created the momentum to put him in office. It’s also about the lack of “truth” in our society today. If someone hears something, or reads something on the internet, they automatically believe it’s true. It’s either true, or it’s fake news. The author also touches on the out of control political correctness we are dealing with in this country. The book i ...more
Amanda
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been a Ken Wilber fan for years, knowing full well I’ll only retain a fraction of his writing while reading his work. But, I also Know that at some point in the future as providence will have it, that “thing” will happen and I’ll be all giddy with a brief glance at understanding some magical explanation of Kens.
I’m sure I’m not alone in the frustration of coming to terms with Trump and his basket of Deplorable’s having full raine with the current discourse and legislation. Ken has helped m
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Suhrob
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Wilber is a fascinating cookie for me. By no means can I recommend his stuff to wholeheartedly, but it is *interesting*. It also seems he is doing better health-wise, publishing 2 books this year.

I've read this on whim as a "guilty-pleasure".

For those in the know about Wilber's developmental theory, there is very little new - he is talking about this for the past 20+ years. For those not familiar this won't serve as a starting place despite having a "summary" chapter (which is too brief/superfic
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Joni Paranka
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've long been a fan of everything Wilber and this book was another great addition. I think Wilber does an excellent job of dispassionately analyzing our human condition. This book is one of the only things I've read recently that not only makes sense of the Trump phenomenon....but also gives some optimism of how to respond in a compassionate effective manner. Wilber not only explains how we got here in a way that makes perfect logical inevitable sense, but also outlines how the next logical ine ...more
Jonaz Juura
Nov 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Although I'm quite into the Integral Theory and thus eager to have a glimpse of Ken Wilber's perspective regarding the election of Donald Trump as the president of USA, I must admit that I cannot recommend this book -- even though I by heart would like to for the sake of the theory and the author. The reason is that I presume the author could make his stance within a one-third of the number of pages, since I found him repeating the same messages over and over again, chapter by chapter. That repe ...more
Polina Beloborodova
Aug 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-in-2020
Wilber does a great job explaining what is currently happening in the world and particularly in the US, including some subtle details. This book also helped me to better understand my own ongoing change in values. I wish Wilber made it easier for the readers and gave more examples of how people and societies at different levels of development think, talk and behave in the same situations instead of repeating the same ideas with the same words over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and ove ...more
Amy Arnold
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This book was difficult for a novice in philosophy to follow at times due to all of the terminology. I think that footnotes would have helped, despite the author's stated premise that they were left out to simplify the narrative. Despite that, I was eventually able to follow the ideas and found a lot of truth! in the book. I think this has helped me better understand the events that have led to our political situation and actually to give me hope when I had been struggling to find it.
Piper
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fascinating. Very dense, and a little bit of a slog to get through the vocabulary (an a color chart would have been helpful) but an interesting view on the evolution of humanity and why we are here (and with the politics that have come to dominate the landscape). Helps shift your thinking about why things are the way they are and ways in which we could actually change things for the better.
Brono
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very up to date reading and however the title mentions Trump it isn't a reading only about him but what succeed for him to be elected and how intrinsically this is related to the entire world. Wilber has his line of thoughts on the evolution of human kind very well laid out and one cannot but admire that the only way forward is "together".
Josh Dugan
I enjoyed this for the first 40 pages, but then the repetition of verbiage started to wear on me and no more new ideas felt as though they were presented. Just over and over about amber, orange, and green.
Noah Skocilich
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quite compelling framework for understanding cultural changes at a macro level, taking into account this precise moment in history we are inhabiting.

I am inclined now to learn more about what Wilber calls Critical Metatheory and to push this understanding deeper.
Oliver
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent read for anyone who wants to untangle the dynamics at play in the rise of populism and find ways of overcoming it.

Wilber's style can become repetitive as he attempts to drill home his (very salient) points, but it's worth it for the golden nuggets of insight.
Mic
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ken Wilber - Very inspiring philosopher in modern age.

Highly recommend to first read "A brief history of everything " , it will be easier to follow and digest. It worths to know and understand his Intergral Model and his thinking.
Alvaro Sánchez
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is very good and the theory used for explaining posmodernism is very interesting. But the writing could be better.
Sandra Mather
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
As usual, Wilber belabors the point. But his analysis is fairly good.
Yolanda Blanch Ruiz
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read
I did not expect that, but I find the book inspiring. It is my first Wilber reading ... probably not the last.
Lauren
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Needs more practical application, but this is a great start.
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