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 issue #1,  posted 1 /05 / 2010              archive of all  issues

Expanders and Restrainers

in the news:  
This Is Bigger Than Climate Change.  It Is a Battle to Redefine Humanity
by George Monbiot  

"Humanity is no longer split between conservatives and liberals, reactionaries and progressives, though both sides are informed by the older politics. Today the battle lines are drawn between expanders and restrainers; those who believe that there should be no impediments and those who believe that we must live within limits. The vicious battles we have seen so far between greens and climate change deniers...are just the beginning. This war will become much uglier as people kick against the limits that decency demands."

commentary and analysis (by Stephen P. Cook, founder and manager, project Worldview, www.projectworldview.org) 

Consider the worldviews of a typical "expander" and "restrainer."  In terms of the worldview themes that they each value, I imagine them as follows:

The Worldview of a Typical "Expander"

The Worldview of a Typical "Restrainer"

#22A   Expansionism   #23A   Sustainability 
#19   Economic Individualism #40   Environmental Economics
#26A   The Consumerist #29   The Self Restrained Person  
#26B  The More is Better Mentality #23B  Enoughness
#45A   Borrowing Mentality  #45B   Pay As You Go Approach
#25   Anthropocentrism #27   Belonging to Nature
#50A   Libertarian  #49A   Social Welfare Statism
#43   Seeking Wealth & Power #42   Ethical Orientation
#22B  Imperialism #51   Ethical Globalization

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