Moral Politics: What Conservatives Know That Liberals Don't by George Lakoff
Moral Politics takes a fresh look at how we think and talk about political and moral ideas. George Lakoff analyzed recent political discussion to find that the family—especially the ideal family—is the most powerful metaphor in politics today. Revealing how family-based moral values determine views on diverse issues as crime, gun control, taxation, social programs, and the environment, George Lakoff looks at how conservatives and liberals link morality to politics through the concept of family and how these ideals diverge. Arguing that conservatives have exploited the connection between morality, the family, and politics, while liberals have failed to recognized it, Lakoff explains why conservative moral position has not been effectively challenged. A wake up call to political pundits on both the left and the right, this work redefines how Americans think and talk about politics.
George Lakoff is Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments 1: The Minds and Politics 2: The Worldview Problem for American Politics 3: Experiential Mortality 4: Keeping the Moral Books 5: Strict Father Morality 6: Nurturant Parent Morality 7: Why We Need a New Understanding of American Politics 8: The Nature of the Model 9: Moral Categories in Politics 10: Social Programs and Taxes 11: Crime and the Death Penalty 12: Regulation and the Environment 13: The Culture Wars: From Affirmative Action to the Arts 14: Two Models of Christianity 15: Abortion 16: How Can You Love Your Country and Hate Your Government? 17: Varieties of Liberals and Conservatives 18: Pathologies, Stereotypes, and Distortions 19: Can There Be a Politics without Family Values? 20: Nonideological Reasons for Being a Liberal 21: Raising Real Children 22: The Human Mind 23: Basic Humanity Epilogue: Problems for Public Discourse References