Don't Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate
Don't Think of an Elephant! is the definitive handbook for understanding what happened in the 2004 election and communicating effectively about key issues facing America today. Author George Lakoff has become a key advisor to the Democratic party, helping them develop their message and frame the political debate.
In this book Lakoff explains how conservatives think, and how to counter their arguments. He outlines in detail the traditional American values that progressives hold, but are often unable to articulate. Lakoff also breaks down the ways in which conservatives have framed the issues, and provides examples of how progressives can reframe the debate.
Lakoff's years of research and work with environmental and political leaders have been distilled into this essential guide, which shows progressives how to think in terms of values instead of programs, and why people vote their values and identities, often against their best interests.
Don't Think of An Elephant! is the antidote to the last forty years of conservative strategizing and the right wing's stranglehold on political dialogue in the United States.
Read it, take action—and help take America back.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ieJasonW - LibraryThing
An interesting book that first got me to think about public political discourse as a way to influence how people view different issues. That is, when you hear a political topic being discussed try to ... Read full review
Review: Don't Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate: The Essential Guide for ProgressivesUser Review - Goodreads
The content of this book is really solid, critically important, but it's organized a little oddly/sloppily. Read it anyway, or maybe check out his other, more academic books. Regardless, the ideas in this book are not-to-be-missed for progressives. Read full review