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Two years ago George Lakoff published the bestselling Dont 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 Americas values;
* How frames are necessary to serve the truth;
* Why sloganeering alone doesnt 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.

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. For more information about the Rockridge Institute, visit www.rockridgeinstitute.org.

Thinking Points provides a systematic explanation of how conservatives think and use language—and how progressives can create a long-term strategy for returning America to its progressive ideals. With the assistance of the Rockridge Institute, Lakoff offers a new understanding of the so-called political center and explains why the most effective way to appeal to those who identify themselves as moderates or conservatives is to remain true to core progressive values. “Professor Lakoffs expertise has been invaluable in articulating the ACLUs core values-fundamentally American values-to a broad and politically-diverse audience.”—Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU

"George Lakoff serves progressives well by explaining how language and moral framing equals power in politics. Thinking Points helps leaders and activists alike to turn this knowledge into a compelling vision for society."—John Podesta, CEO and President, Center for American Progress  
"George Lakoff serves progressives well by explaining how language and moral framing equals power in politics. Thinking Points helps leaders and activists alike to turn this knowledge into a compelling vision for society."—John Podesta, CEO and President, Center for American Progress  
 

"In Thinking Points, George Lakoff and the Rockridge Institute show how Progressives can stop appealing to some hypothetical "middle" and instead appeal to the deep morality that the vast majority of Americans share.  When we speak from our hearts, the integrity of this will speak broadly."—Joan Blades, MoveOn

 

"In Thinking Points, the good professor and the Rockridge Institute team have connected a broad progressive policy vision to fundamental American values.  It's time for progressives to get off defense and go on offense. By laying the foundations of progressive policy in the traditional American values of freedom, responsibility, and care for others, George Lakoff and Rockridge have shown us how. This is the must-read progressive message handbook."—Wes Boyd, MoveOn

 

"In an environment too often dominated by sound-bite arguments and political polarization, Thinking Points is more than a communications tool; it is a must-read for progressives as well as non-partisan activist organizations like the ACLU that want to trumpet their values not only loudly, but effectively.  Professor Lakoff's expertise has been invaluable in articulating the ACLU's core values-fundamentally American values-to a broad and politically-diverse audience."—Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

"This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to speak out effectively about progressive, American values."—Eli Pariser, Executive Director, MoveOn.org Political Action

 
"Lakoff argues that progressives do not know how to communicate with ordinary Americans, while conservatives use evocative language and stories that attract voters. Here he teaches progressives how to reconnect with their fellow citizens. He insists that progressives must enunciate what they believe, explain how their values underlie their politics, and thus re-engage Americans in a shared vision. In short, to regain power, progressives must reframe the political discourse and, by accepting the conservative terms of debate, respond by attacking 'tax cuts' or the 'war on terror' rather than by talking about the need for healthcare or ending the war in Iraq. Part of this reframing consists in substituting progressive politics of empathy and responsibility for the conservative worldview built on authority and control. A philosophical look at American political dialog, this book also shows activists how to discuss progressive issues in positive terms rather than using the negative vocabulary of conservatives. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries."—Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"George Lakoff serves progressives well by explaining how language and moral framing equals power in politics. Thinking Points helps leaders and activists alike to turn this knowledge into a compelling vision for society." John Podesta, CEO and President, Center for American Progress

Review:

"Thinking Points is a must read for anyone who doesn't want speaking out to become a dying art." Arianna Huffington

Review:

"In Thinking Points, George Lakoff and the Rockridge Institute show how Progressives can stop appealing to some hypothetical 'middle' and instead appeal to the deep morality that the vast majority of Americans share. When we speak from our hearts, the integrity of this will speak broadly." Joan Blades, MoveOn

Review:

"Lakoff has done it again. In Thinking Points, the good professor and the Rockridge Institute team have connected a broad progressive policy vision to fundamental American values. It's time for progressives to get off defense and go on offense. By laying the foundations of progressive policy in the traditional American values of freedom, responsibility, and care for others, George Lakoff and Rockridge have shown us how. This is the must-read progressive message handbook." Wes Boyd, MoveOn

Synopsis:

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. 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. For more information about the Rockridge Institute, visit www.rockridgeinstitute.org. Thinking Points provides a systematic explanation of how conservatives think and use language--and how progressives can create a long-term strategy for returning America to its progressive ideals. With the assistance of the Rockridge Institute, Lakoff offers a new understanding of the so-called political center and explains why the most effective way to appeal to those who identify themselves as moderates or conservatives is to remain true to core progressive values. Professor Lakoff's expertise has been invaluable in articulating the ACLU's core values-fundamentally American values-to a broad and politically-diverse audience.--Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU George Lakoff serves progressives well by explaining how language and moral framing equals power in politics. Thinking Points helps leaders and activists alike to turn this knowledge into a compelling vision for society.--John Podesta, CEO and President, Center for American Progress George Lakoff serves progressives well by explaining how language and moral framing equals power in politics. Thinking Points helps leaders and activists alike to turn this knowledge into a compelling vision for society.--John Podesta, CEO and President, Center for American Progress

In Thinking Points, George Lakoff and the Rockridge Institute show how Progressives can stop appealing to some hypothetical middle and instead appeal to the deep morality that the vast majority of Americans share. When we speak from our hearts, the integrity of this will speak broadly.--Joan Blades, MoveOn

In Thinking Points, the good professor and the Rockridge Institute team have connected a broad progressive policy vision to fundamental American values. It's time for progressives to get off defense and go on offense. By laying the foundations of progressive policy in the traditional American values of freedom, responsibility, and care for others, George Lakoff and Rockridge have shown us how. This is the must-read progressive message handbook.--Wes Boyd, MoveOn

In an environment too often dominated by sound-bite arguments and political polarization, Thinking Points is more than a communications tool; it is a must-read for progressives as well as non-partisan activist organizations like the ACLU that want to trumpet their values not only loudly, but effectively. Professor Lakoff's expertise has been invaluable in articulating the ACLU's core values-fundamentally American values-to a broad and politically-diverse audience.--Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to speak out effectively about progressive, American values.--Eli Pariser, Executive Director, MoveOn.org Political Action Lakoff argues that progressives do not know how to communicate with ordinary Americans, while conservatives use evocative language and stories that attract voters. Here he teaches progressives how to reconnect with their fellow citizens. He insists that progressives must enunciate what they believe, explain how their values underlie their politics, and thus re-engage Americans in a shared vision. In short, to regain power, progressives must reframe the political discourse and, by accepting the conservative terms of debate, respond by attacking 'tax cuts' or the 'war on terror' rather than by talking about the need for healthcare or ending the war in Iraq. Part of this reframing consists in substituting progressive politics of empathy and responsibility for the conservative worldview built on authority and control. A philosophical look at American political dialog, this book also shows activists how to discuss progressive issues in positive terms rather than using the negative vocabulary of conservatives. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.--Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

Two years ago George Lakoff published the bestselling Dont 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 Americas values;
* How frames are necessary to serve the truth;
* Why sloganeering alone doesnt 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.

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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John Wilson, September 5, 2006 (view all comments by John Wilson)
As I write this, the book is not yet out, but Lakoff is excellent at making the difference between conservative and progressive thinking understandable. I have preordered THINKING PONTS purely on Lakoff's past record.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374530907
Author:
Lakoff, George
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
Rockridge Institute
Subject:
General
Subject:
Progressivism (united states politics)
Subject:
Communication in politics
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Subject:
Government - General
Subject:
POL040000
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Politics - General
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.27 x 5.52 x 0.47 in

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"Review" by , "George Lakoff serves progressives well by explaining how language and moral framing equals power in politics. Thinking Points helps leaders and activists alike to turn this knowledge into a compelling vision for society."
"Review" by , "Thinking Points is a must read for anyone who doesn't want speaking out to become a dying art."
"Review" by , "In Thinking Points, George Lakoff and the Rockridge Institute show how Progressives can stop appealing to some hypothetical 'middle' and instead appeal to the deep morality that the vast majority of Americans share. When we speak from our hearts, the integrity of this will speak broadly."
"Review" by , "Lakoff has done it again. In Thinking Points, the good professor and the Rockridge Institute team have connected a broad progressive policy vision to fundamental American values. It's time for progressives to get off defense and go on offense. By laying the foundations of progressive policy in the traditional American values of freedom, responsibility, and care for others, George Lakoff and Rockridge have shown us how. This is the must-read progressive message handbook."
"Synopsis" by , 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. 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. For more information about the Rockridge Institute, visit www.rockridgeinstitute.org. Thinking Points provides a systematic explanation of how conservatives think and use language--and how progressives can create a long-term strategy for returning America to its progressive ideals. With the assistance of the Rockridge Institute, Lakoff offers a new understanding of the so-called political center and explains why the most effective way to appeal to those who identify themselves as moderates or conservatives is to remain true to core progressive values. Professor Lakoff's expertise has been invaluable in articulating the ACLU's core values-fundamentally American values-to a broad and politically-diverse audience.--Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, ACLU George Lakoff serves progressives well by explaining how language and moral framing equals power in politics. Thinking Points helps leaders and activists alike to turn this knowledge into a compelling vision for society.--John Podesta, CEO and President, Center for American Progress George Lakoff serves progressives well by explaining how language and moral framing equals power in politics. Thinking Points helps leaders and activists alike to turn this knowledge into a compelling vision for society.--John Podesta, CEO and President, Center for American Progress

In Thinking Points, George Lakoff and the Rockridge Institute show how Progressives can stop appealing to some hypothetical middle and instead appeal to the deep morality that the vast majority of Americans share. When we speak from our hearts, the integrity of this will speak broadly.--Joan Blades, MoveOn

In Thinking Points, the good professor and the Rockridge Institute team have connected a broad progressive policy vision to fundamental American values. It's time for progressives to get off defense and go on offense. By laying the foundations of progressive policy in the traditional American values of freedom, responsibility, and care for others, George Lakoff and Rockridge have shown us how. This is the must-read progressive message handbook.--Wes Boyd, MoveOn

In an environment too often dominated by sound-bite arguments and political polarization, Thinking Points is more than a communications tool; it is a must-read for progressives as well as non-partisan activist organizations like the ACLU that want to trumpet their values not only loudly, but effectively. Professor Lakoff's expertise has been invaluable in articulating the ACLU's core values-fundamentally American values-to a broad and politically-diverse audience.--Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union

This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to speak out effectively about progressive, American values.--Eli Pariser, Executive Director, MoveOn.org Political Action Lakoff argues that progressives do not know how to communicate with ordinary Americans, while conservatives use evocative language and stories that attract voters. Here he teaches progressives how to reconnect with their fellow citizens. He insists that progressives must enunciate what they believe, explain how their values underlie their politics, and thus re-engage Americans in a shared vision. In short, to regain power, progressives must reframe the political discourse and, by accepting the conservative terms of debate, respond by attacking 'tax cuts' or the 'war on terror' rather than by talking about the need for healthcare or ending the war in Iraq. Part of this reframing consists in substituting progressive politics of empathy and responsibility for the conservative worldview built on authority and control. A philosophical look at American political dialog, this book also shows activists how to discuss progressive issues in positive terms rather than using the negative vocabulary of conservatives. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.--Kirkus Reviews

"Synopsis" by ,
Two years ago George Lakoff published the bestselling Dont 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 Americas values;
* How frames are necessary to serve the truth;
* Why sloganeering alone doesnt 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.

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