Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values and Vision

Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values and Vision

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Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values and Vision by George Lakoff, Rockridge Institute

Two years ago George Lakoff published the bestselling Don't Think of an Elephant! Its account of the conservative monopoly on effective framing touched off a national discussion about political language. It also gave rise to a chorus of pleas for more:

* What is the progressive vision of America;

* Why progressive values are America's values;

* How frames are necessary to serve the truth;

* Why sloganeering alone doesn't work;

* How progressives trap themselves and how they can escape those traps; and

* How political arguments and narratives can be put together to counter the Right.

Thinking Points satisfies that call with a bold, concise, and systematic explanation of how conservatives think and use language—and how progressives can fight back . Lakoff and the Rockridge Institute offer a new understanding of the so-called political center and explain why the most effective way to appeal to those who identify themselves as moderates or conservatives is to remain true to progressive values.

This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to participate in shaping an America that serves the common good.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374530907
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 10/03/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 161,627
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

George Lakoff is a professor of linguistics and cognitive science at the University of California, Berkeley, and a founder of the Rockridge Institute. He is the author of Whose Freedom?, Don't Think of an Elephant!, and Moral Politics, as well as seminal books in linguistics, including Metaphors We Live By (with Mark Johnson).

The Rockridge Institute is a team of scholars and researchers committed to American progressive ideals. It provides intellectual support to the progressive community, partnering with advocates, activists, and policy professionals to articulate the system of American values and ideas and reframe public debate.

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