The Metarevolution is a revolutionary manifesto about revolutions. It is both a theory about the nature of change throughout history, and a prescription of what to do about it. The touchstone idea for The Metarevolution is that no matter how well thought-out any ideology may be to start with, there are always limitations which only become clear as its ideals are applied. History shows that radical changes too often lead to disaster or to corruption as these limitations are revealed, or as thinking stagnates when it needs to change. How can we overcome these limitations for present and future revolutions? And how can we overcome the failure to ultimately progress which this basic cycle of history demonstrates? By looking at the ‘hypothetical’ example of a coming global ecological revolution, and many examples from history, The Metarevolution analyses what goes wrong with cultures in following their ideals, and reveals the metarevolutionary response. This is to create a subculture which pursues an on-going deep critique of ideology, the aim of which is for humanity to continually evolve its ideals. In following this metarevolutionary programme we will continually redirect ourselves towards the best world we can create for ourselves. So a metarevolution is the most intelligent thing the human race can do for itself… and The Metarevolution needs you.

Grant Bartley is the assistant editor of Philosophy Now.

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