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Want to Change the World? Study Deep History

Those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it.  We’ve all heard this adage and many among us take to heart the wisdom of looking backward as a vital practice for understanding the future.  As a student of global systems, I’ve followed the rabbit deep down its dark hole on more than one […]

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Taking Our Work to the Next Level

Cognitive Policy Works has existed now for three years.  It started out as a consultancy that continues the mission of George Lakoff’s Rockridge Institute, which closed its doors in April of 2008.  We have offered workshops and trainings on the framing of health care and education, the workings of the political mind, values-based communication, and […]

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The Use of 9/11 to Consolidate Conservative Power: Intimidation via Framing

My wife, Kathleen, and I stood gaping at the TV as we watched the towers fall. Kathleen said to me, “Do you realize what Bush and Cheney are going to do with this?” We both realized very well. Until 9/11, the Bush presidency was weak. On 9/11, Cheney understood that the attack was an opportunity […]

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Lakoff and Westen Miss the Constitutional Elephant in the Room

I am interested in helping to stimulate a dialogue towards ultimate solutions whereby the American people’s will becomes the law of the land. I believe this cannot happen within the framework of our current government, its constitutional limitations, and the resulting two-party system entirely corrupted by money. I believe this can happen, indeed must happen, by exercising our natural, […]

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How Obama Got It Right

This article is co-authored with Glenn Smith and published on Huffington Post. Morality drives policy. Too often, progressives have tried it the other way around, then looked on in dismay as conservatives led with their moral view and won one policy fight after another, even when polling showed most Americans disagreed with conservative policies! On […]

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