The politics of both-and

It is paradoxical to asssociate politics and inclusive thinking. In inclusive thinking, we sit on the same side of the table, considering how to optimize or scale the advantages of anything and minimize or mitigate the disadvantages. Every strategy has advantages and disadvantages. To whom each is favors is irrelevant to the the effort of inclusive thinking. 

Politics as usual is exclusive either-or thinking. Either-or is the basis of win-lose which in an interdependent world results ultimately in lose-lose. Both-and is the basis of win-win.

One of the signals that a person, group or community has moved from adolescent to adult cognitive development is the movement from exclusive to inclusive thinking. It is quite possible, in that all it does is combine in new ways the kinds of cognitive operations that 8 year olds are capable of handling. People only need to learn how to do so. The rewards are abundant.