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As we move from the industrial age and its nation state to an internet age with a globalized postindustrial market, a question presents itself: What is the next major developmental stage of society after the liberal democracy with a balance between capitalism and welfare state?

In this audiobook Hanzi Freinacht offers a compelling answer to this question. We are reaching the limits of modern society, and we must work to achieve a metamodern society, that is, a society that goes beyond modern life and its institutions. The metamodern society of the future is a listening society; a society more sensitive to the inner dimensions of human beings.

Drawing upon an elaborate weaving of psychology, sociology, political science, and philosophy, this audiobook lands in a positive vision for the future. It shows how a clear description of human psychological growth - how we grow as human beings - can also offer us key insights into how global society can and should evolve in the internet age. A politics that can help humans grow to the later stages of psychological development is also one that can be capable of meeting the staggering challenges of our time.

In the first part of the audiobook Hanzi examines the politics and culture of the Nordic countries and shows how these progressive societies offer a fertile ground for metamodern politics. In the second part of the audiobook he turns to developmental psychology, describing how humans evolve through a series of stages - and how this matters immensely for the happiness and survival of us all.

As this story unfolds - in a uniquely provocative genre breaking manner - you will also glean insight into your own developmental stage and those of people around you.

Listen with caution.

Author: Hanzi Freinacht.

Narrator: Richard Pshock.

Executive Producer: Aurora Quinn-Elmore.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2017 Metamoderna ApS (P)2021 Aura Venture Labs, LLC

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"One of the best Politics ebooks of all time" (BookAuthority.org)

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The most important book I've ever read.

It will likely challenge your viewpoints but backs everything up with relentlessly strong argument.

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A must read text

I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you are interested in exploring what a 21st (or event 22nd) century philosophy looks like - this is your book. I personally believe that this book will be remembered as a historical/monumental text. it's that good

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Finally political philosophy shows its fangs

In the academic bildung of my youth, as well as in discussions among friends on critical theory, I have longed for tangible, believable and well crafted solutions that don’t shy away from appearing naive, but embrace naivety as it embraces every useful part of every ideology.
I have been bored by the left leaning academics’ antagonization of everyone daring to question the importance of social justice and identity politics, and I’ve been equally bored by right leaning debaters’ reluctance to embrace change as inevitable and their most certainly naive ideas that technology or the market magically will solve our problems.
Our time calls for ability to craft real solutions and to elevate above the daily noise of (social) media, sensation spotting and pointing out the culprits. We can be be wiser now.

I applaud this wonderful contribution to that stride. Welcome to the stage, Hanzi. May your contributions be far reaching and prosperous. And may they shy away from the pitfalls that every such opportunities as the metamodern society always carries with it.