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How to Talk About Health Care and Immigration

In this video, George Lakoff gives very clear advice on how to frame health care and immigration based on values and emotions.  Note how different his recommendations are from the policyspeak typically used by members of the Democratic Party. Check it out:  

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The REAL Reason Conservatives Always Win

Have you ever wondered why it is that Progressives repeatedly lose ground in American politics?  We almost always have the facts on our side.  The experts agree with us.  Hell, a lot of us are the experts.  And yet history clearly shows that Conservatives have the best political game in town.  They dominate political discourse, establishing […]

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Obama vs. Romney: The Framing Matchup, Round One

This article was co-authored with Elisabeth Wehling and published on the Huffington Post. Framing is (or should be) about moral values, deep truths, and the policies that flow from them. As of their kickoff speeches in Ohio, Romney and Obama have both chosen economics as their major campaign theme. And thus the question of how […]

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The Framing of Economics and Morality

This article was co-authored by Elisabeth Wehling and published on the Huffington Post. In his June 11, 2012 op-ed in the New York Times, Paul Krugman goes beyond economic analysis to bring up the morality and the conceptual framing that determines economic policy. He speaks of “the people the economy is supposed to serve” — “the unemployed,” and […]

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An Integrated Approach to Global Change

Years ago, I took the road less traveled and set out to build an integrated approach to global change.  I realized early on that the only way to address global climate change was to focus jointly on the complexities of the human condition and the coupled dynamics of Earth Systems.  It was a telling observation […]

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