Clare Graves’ MEME theory involved asking subjects to describe their conception of a “successful” person. Beck and Cowan subsequently color coded the resulting developmental levels in their book Spiral Dynamics. Blue MEME is the fundamentalist with black and white moral conceptions. Blue divides the world into true believers who are saved and the dissenters who are damned. It is “you’re either with us or against us.”
Green MEME is the liberal egalitarian obsessed with equality. Since social structures and developmental theories involve hierarchies and the liberal hates hierarchies, social structures end up being jettisoned. One instance of this was when the radicals took over the university in the 1960s and demanded new courses reflecting Green ideology. The students schooled the professors, erasing the appropriate hierarchy.
Jordan Peterson, the anti-political correctness Toronto professor, distinguishes between PC egalitarian and PC authoritarian. He claims the PC authoritarian is conscientious and likes rules; and has low verbal and cognitive ability. The PC egalitarian, on the other hand, is high in motherly compassion and verbal ability. The PC authoritarian favors censorship and punishment for breaking the rules. The PC egalitarian has high verbal ability and responds positively to the PC authoritarian’s claims of being assaulted by unwelcome speech. She then comes up with post hoc justifications for why the PC-a’s demands are legitimate.
One idea in MEME theory is that although an idea may be generated at the higher Green level, it can be pursued at a lower MEME. So, political correctness divides the world into the saved and the damned. It takes Green compassion and interprets it in a Blue fashion. The compassionate desire to avoid “hurt feelings” gets turned into an Orwellian nightmare.
Green MEME tends toward destruction. The exclusive focus on Agape, turns a legitimate aspect of love into a sloppy solvent leading to the elimination of better and worse, including morality. Liberalism heads to the kind of license described in Brave New World. One contradiction of the “anything goes” ethos involves the extreme condemnation of anyone who does not play along; replete with punitive boards of inquiry and the like.
I’m not sure whether the distinction between the PC egalitarian and PC authoritarian can really be maintained. What do you think?