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Age Politics ... stands as the first comprehensive articulation of a
transformational political ideology.
It shows, in great and systemic detail, how we can depthfully understand
our world of crisis and get to a world of collaboration and wholeness.”
Politics, by Mark
Some people think that my New Age Politics: (originally 1976, fourth edition 2015) was the first book to weave ideas from the ecology, feminist, human-potential, spiritual, decentralist, world order, and similar movements into a holistic new political philosophy, or ideology.
To find out more about the book, please go to its MAIN PAGE. There you can find an introduction from me d. 2014, excerpts from 50 reviews and media mentions, a PDF of the press release from the fourth edition, and more.
On this page I have reproduced two excerpts from the fourth edition - the Table of Contents and the first part of my "Introduction, 2015." I hope they whet your appetite for more. - M.S.
Mark Satin working on New Age Politics at his Vancouver B.C. commune in 1975.
I. Table of Contents
by David Spangler
from the 1970s
I: The Prison Within Us
1. A New Kind of Politics
2. The Six-Sided Prison
Scientific single vision
The bureaucratic mentality
The big-city outlook
3. The Prison’s Sweetest
Gifts to You and Me
4. Tri-Level Analysis: How
to See Through to the Prison
5. The Prison in History
Stage #1: Old Age people
Stage #2: “Civilized” people
Stage #3: New Age persons?
II: Monolithic Institutions Outside Us
6. How the Prison Is
Prison-born, and growing stronger
7. Ten Monolithic
Institutions That Dominate Our Lives
Churchly and interpersonal institutions
III: Who Will Break Free?
8. Should We Look to the
Proletariat – or to All Who Love Life?
Roll over, Marxists
Psychocultural class analysis
Life-, thing-, and death-oriented classes
9. Are We Economic People
– or Self-Developing Persons?
Develop or die
The stages of Self-development
Our higher needs are often blocked
IV: Jailbreak! – New Age Society
10. New Age Ethics and
The cooperative mentality
Local and planetary consciousness
The human-scale outlook
12. Ten Biolithic
c. Godly and interpersona
13. New Age Governance
Synergic power: the win-win approach
14. New Age Economy
Communities in the saddle
Corporations and entrepreneurs
The ABCs of New Age economic theory
V: Getting There
15. Reform, Revolution –
or Evolutionary Transformation?
Inner before outer … but don’t dawdle
Beyond the ballot and the bullet
Political power rests on our consent
16. Inner Work
Breaking out of the Prison
17. Outer Work
Joining relevant organizations
18. “Critical Mass”
19. Beyond Hope and
The New Age Political Tradition
A. The 100 Books I Used
Most Here, All Published from 1956
B. The Tradition Deepens:
A Second Hundred, 1977 – 2015
C. One Hundred New
Age-Relevant Political Organizations
D. Forty New Age-Oriented
E. Twelve Attempts to
Suggest Guiding Political Principles
BEGINNING OF SATIN’s “INTRODUCTION, 2015”
let the title of this book fool you.
Age Politics is not about crystals
(though I did hang one in my window once). It
is not about the politics of the 1970s (though it was first published then). And
it is definitely not about adding a dollop of spirituality or ecology to the old
book is about a whole new politics –
a politics I think you might share.
common ground on which to stand
anyone uses the term “New Age” anymore. Even
I don’t use it. Heartless prison
guards at places like Time magazine
and The New Republic bullied it into the ground.
millions of us are now using similarly fresh-faced, paradigm-busting, and
life-affirming terms to describe the emerging new politics.
Among them: communitarian, evolutionary, green, holistic, integral,
radical centrist, transformational, and transpartisan.
Age Politics was the first book to
take the ideas from the then-emerging movements of our time (feminist,
ecological, spiritual, decentralist, etc.) and weave them into a coherent new
call it a new ideology, as I do in this book.
on nearly 200 texts, and at least as many late-night conversations with movement
activists spanning 13 years, it is all here –
edition of New Age Politics –
stripped-down and updated for the 2010s – has been launched to reassert, in
thunder, that the movements of our time have created a perspective or ideology
of their own. It’s as coherent an
ideology as liberalism in Marxism – and far more relevant to our needs as
life-loving human beings on a finite planet.
words, New Age Politics gives us a
foundation, a bedrock, a common ground on which to stand.
many people have added to and deepened the ideas in New
Age Politics over the years – over the decades (see Appendices B and E
below). There is nothing stagnant about our movement!
some things differently if I were writing this book from scratch today. I
would be more nuanced in the history sections. I’d
be less inclined to see everyone at “Self-development Stages Six and Seven”
as the cat’s meow. Above all,
perhaps, I would emphasize that some of what I call “monolithic
institutions” are evolving (i.e., are being shoved by us) in a positive
direction today – so I’d bend over backward to encourage immersion as well
as resistance. We need transformers everywhere, inside “The System” as well
as outside it.
with such flaws (mainly the flaws of youth), I think New
Age Politics is still the best single expression of the new politics as a
coherent, systemic, integral whole.
also a great starting point for thinking through your
own politics: your own analysis, vision, and strategy.
hardly anyone uses the term “New Age” anymore.
I put this edition together
Press could have simply reprinted the first edition of New
Age Politics, from 1976. I liked
its length (only 50,000 words), it covered almost all the ground I do here, and
I wanted to prove to you that the perspective I synthesized – the perspective
of many people in the social change movements of today – goes back to the
Nixon-Ford era, when the traditional left and right both lost their way.
not spontaneously generated by any single social movement of the last 40 years. Rather,
all our movements have been re-inventing, adding to, and deepening a perspective
that already in the 1970s stood as our only real alternative to More Of The
second edition of New Age Politics –
more than twice as long as the first – was published in 1978. But
I wrote it at feminist filmmaker Bonnie Kreps’s indoor picnic table in
Vancouver during the spring and summer of 1977, entirely
from notes I’d made at the McGill, University of Toronto, and University of
British Columbia libraries from 1972 – 1976. So
I knew I could use material from the second edition and still not step out of
the Nixon-Ford era.
that’s what I did. I took the two texts, totaling 160,000 words, and whittled
them down to the 50,000 that await you here.
process, I made no substantial changes
in content or perspective. I even
kept most of the original language. That’s
why I sometimes sound like a twentysomething American Vietnam War resister in
Here are the alterations I did make:
but not least, I streamlined the citation method.
Whenever you see an author’s name in the text, you can count on finding
their book in Appendix A … unless you see the book and
year right there in the text.
always, was to make this edition easily readable and maximally useful for a new
generation of thinkers and sctivists. I
hope I’ve succeeded.
continues in book.]
1976 – 2015
There have been four
distinct editions of New Age Politics.
A 50,000-word edition,
subtitled The Emerging New Alternative to
Marxism and Liberalism, was published by “Fairweather Press: A Non-Profit
Publishing Collective” (Canada) in 1976. Abridgements
were published in New Age Journal (U.S.), April and June 1977, and New
Directions magazine (Canada), April 1977.
A 110,000-word second
edition, subtitled Healing Self and
Society, was published by Whitecap Books (Canada), now an imprint of
Fitzhenry and Whiteside, in 1978; and a 150,000-word third edition with the same
subtitle by Dell Publishing Co. (U.S.), now Ballantine Bantam Dell, an imprint
of Random House, in 1979. Portions
of the Dell edition were featured in The Sun, a U.S. literary magazine,
in April 1981.
of the Dell edition were published by Wahlstrom and Widstrand (Sweden) in 1981,
and Arbor Verlag (Germany) in 1993, the latter with a foreword by Fritjof Capra.
A condensed, updated, and “revitalized” 50,000-word fourth edition, subtitled Our Only Real Alternative, was published by Lorian Press of Seattle in November 2015, with a foreword by David Spangler. Besides being available as a quality paperback, this edition is available on Amazon Kindle.
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