By George Lakoff
Don’t ponder An Elephant! is the antidote to the final 40 years of conservative strategizing and the appropriate wing’s stranglehold on political discussion within the usa.
Author George Lakoff explains how conservatives imagine, and the way to counter their arguments. He outlines intimately the conventional American values that progressives carry, yet are frequently not able to articulate. Lakoff additionally breaks down the ways that conservatives have framed the problems, and gives examples of ways progressives can reframe the talk.
Lakoff’s years of analysis and paintings with environmental and political leaders were distilled into this crucial advisor, which exhibits progressives easy methods to imagine by way of values rather than courses, and why humans vote their values and identities, frequently opposed to their top pursuits.
Don’t reflect on an Elephant! is the definitive instruction manual for knowing and speaking successfully approximately key concerns within the 2004 election, and past.
Read it, take action—and aid take the USA again.
About the writer George Lakoff is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Cognitive technology and Linguistics on the collage of California, Berkeley, and is a founding senior fellow on the Rockridge Institute. he's one of many world’s best-known linguists.
Since the mid-1980s he has been utilising cognitive linguistics to the research of politics, specifically the framing of public political debate. he's the writer of the influential ebook, ethical Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives imagine, (2nd version, 2002). His different books comprise girls, hearth, and hazardous issues: What different types display in regards to the brain (1987), Metaphors we are living by way of (1980; 2003) [with Mark Johnson], greater than Cool cause (1989) [with Mark Turner], Philosophy within the Flesh: The Embodied brain and Its problem To The Western culture (1999) [with Mark Johnson], and the place arithmetic Comes From: How the Embodied brain Brings arithmetic Into Being (2000) [with Rafael Núñez].
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