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The Listening Society: A Metamodern Guide to Politics, Book One (Metamodern Guides) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 10, 2017
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Hanzi Freinacht is a political philosopher, historian and sociologist, author of the books The Listening Society, Nordic Ideology and The 6 Hidden Patterns of World History. Much of his time is spent alone in the Swiss Alps.
As a writer, Hanzi combines in-depth knowledge of several sciences and disciplines and offers maps of our time and the human condition with his characteristically accessible, poetic and humorous writing style – challenging the reader’s perspective of herself and the world.
Hanzi Freinacht epitomizes much of the metamodern philosophy and can be considered a personification of this strand of thought. He has produced a wide array of original, relevant and useful ideas for people in all walks of life. These ideas help you gain an upper hand in the new political, economic and cultural landscape of digital, postindustrial society.
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The author describes this book as ‘dangerous’, which of course made me snort with derision. For over the years I’d become numb to such hype—instead cultivating a quiet intellectual arrogance that keeps me distant from, you know, actually having to *change* the way I think about thinks.
But f_ck me—it *is* (dangerous). In perhaps the most glorious way imaginable.
Even if you are self-aware about it: it’s a book that cannot be simplified, explained, summarised or gisted. And that is why I will not comment here on the *what* it is about, lest I do the richness of the metamodern code a disservice. Suffice to say: folks interested in development (in)dividuals and society (at the frontier of practical philosophy and science) will find this book most rewarding.
And yet while this book provokes, enriches and furthers the emerging conversation our world needs—I’m also not sure how *ready* most folks are to this. There’s a cognitive sophistication required to truly grapple with the ideas within this book.
I’ve never read a book as elegant, timely, relevant and utterly *affecting* as The Listening Society. It’s most vexing. I want to express just how much I love this book, but I’m worried it may convey as some sort of *fervour*. That I might cultivate an all too fiercely intent aspect to my gaze as I smirkingly preach to the mostly unwilling. It’s quite unbecoming.
And so thus I find myself cautiously recommending it to those I believe might be ready for such a book. These are often folks who express post-modern maturity in their thinking, and are the type who harbour a hidden hope for something *beyond* the dead-end banality of merely critiquing what’s wrong with modern society (clever though these critiques may be). For the critical systemic thinker—jaded with the usual trite pithiness many authors peddle—this book is an empathetic slap to the face. For the first time in my adult career, I actually feel a sense of *purpose* to life and our role amidst it.
And I daresay, you may too.
I highly, wholly, heartily recommend it to any who seek to pioneer new meaning and change in this complex world of ours. Hanzi presents a complex yet strong and coherent thesis—a most thoughtful and emphatic provocation if ever there was one.
Yes, this book is dangerous. By downloading the metamodern code herein, you (we) may well be able to change the world.
It's audacious, provocative and damn sensible. With firm hands the impassioned pen of Hanzi Freinacht shakes the slumbering progressive to a state of new political awakening, finding a way to make progressive politics sexy again after decades of dated rhetoric and lackluster "third way" politics. But don't expect another dry work of academic rigor. Rather expect the art of witty political seduction. Hanzi Freinacht is the voice you should have in the back of your head at the next dinner party with libertarians, republicans, conservatives and dated leftists. If more progressives with just a fraction of the passion and conviction of the Listening Society, the alt-right wouldn't stand a chance.