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  • This is the FRAME that wins 2012

    Posted by Bruno Behrend on 5th November 2010 (All posts by )

    “Can you govern yourself, or do you need a Federal Czar to govern your life for you?”

    That question should be asked of every interested person who might vote in the next few elections. Everyone.

    “Can you find a doctor, a light-bulb, or control the flow of your toilet, or should one of our Federal Czars take that decision out of your hands?”

    When framed in this fashion, the answers to these questions probably have a 75-25 pro-freedom response rate, even in today’s electorate.

    This “frame” (see Lakoff and Overton Window)  articulates the central message that all Republicans, conservative Democrats, the Tea Parties/Patriots, as well as the think tank types should be shouting from the hilltops.

    Once brought to consciousness in this philosophical context, virtually every “self-government” policy initiative can be promoted on the foundation of “self-government”. Most Americans are hard-wired to agree with the conservative view on this. Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in Big Government, Civil Society, Elections, Society | 12 Comments »

    The “Overton Window” and how to apply it

    Posted by Bruno Behrend on 25th June 2010 (All posts by )

    With Glen Beck having discovered the “Overton Window” more than 2 years after I did, I thought this would be a great time to re-post my essay/post from Jan. 2008.

    Being new here, I thought this might be an nice place to repost it.
    Note that this was posted pre-Obama and pre-tea party. I think it is still wholly relevant, but I luxuriate in the fact that the “hand is on the other foot now.”
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    I found a good post over at a pretty good lefty blog. Apparently, some Champaign-Urbana blogger named “The Squire” started blogging again, and he posted something pretty significant here. (clicking the link will get you an interesting and polite discussion)

    The poli-sci concept is called “the Overton Window,” and if you want the very short version of it, I can boil it down to five words.

    “The Limits Define the Center”

    Read the rest of this entry »

    Posted in Academia, Blogging, Education, Leftism, Libertarianism | 21 Comments »