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Romney, Ryan and the Devil’s Budget: Will America Keep Its Soul?

August 29th, 2012 by George Lakoff

America was born with a great soul, a moral view of Democracy in which citizens care about their fellow citizens and join together to take responsibility not just for themselves but for each other, for America as a union, a joint enterprise. The government’s job was to carry out that moral vision and to do [...]

The Public: Obama’s and Romney’s Opposed Visions for a Free America

August 8th, 2012 by George Lakoff

America is divided about its future. Should it keep and expand the system that brought past opportunity, prosperity and freedom? Or should it dismantle that system?
President Obama recently reminded us that private life, private enterprise, and personal freedom depend on what the public provides.
“The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the [...]

The Sacredness of Life and Liberty

July 25th, 2012 by George Lakoff

The New York Times, on June 5, 2012, reported that so-called “morning-after pills” work by preventing women’s eggs from being fertilized, and not by preventing fertilized eggs from being implanted in the womb. The latest scientific findings show that “the pills delay ovulation, the release of eggs from ovaries that occurs before eggs are fertilized, [...]

Appreciating Undocumented Americans

July 13th, 2012 by George Lakoff

Last week on Independence Day, President Obama greeted new US citizens at the White House, taking the opportunity to speak once more about the need for comprehensive immigration reform, “We have to remain a nation of immigrants. And that’s why (…) we’re lifting the shadow of deportation from deserving young people who were brought to [...]

How Occupy Wall Street’s Moral Vision Can Beat the Disastrous Conservative Worldview

November 3rd, 2011 by George Lakoff

OWS has a progressive moral vision. They’re protesting the disastrous effects that have come from operating with a conservative moral, economic, and political worldview.
October 20, 2011 |

I was asked weeks ago by some in the Occupy Wall Street movement to make suggestions for how to frame the movement. I have hesitated [...]

How Obama Got it Right

September 20th, 2011 by George Lakoff

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 Thursday night, President Obama didn’t make this mistake. Instead, [...]

Lakoff: How to Rescue the American Dream from the GOP’s Nightmare

August 2nd, 2011 by George Lakoff

The Republicans are redefining “democracy”–but it’s time to remember what the real dream of democracy meant.

July 28, 2011 |  Democracy, in the American tradition, has been defined by a simple morality: We Americans care about our fellow citizens, we act on that care and build trust, and we do our best [...]

Obama Returns to His Moral Vision: Democrats Read Carefully!

April 18th, 2011 by George Lakoff

Last week, on April 13, 2011, President Obama gave all Democrats and all progressives a remarkable gift. Most of them barely noticed. They looked at the president’s speech as if it were only about budgetary details. But the speech went well beyond the budget. It went to the heart of progressive [...]

The Real Issues: A Wisconsin Update

February 28th, 2011 by George Lakoff

The Wisconsin protests are about much more than budgets and unions. As I observed in “What Conservatives Really Want,” the conservative story about budget deficits is a ruse to turn the country conservative in every area. Karl Rove and Shep Smith have made it clear on Fox: If the Wisconsin plan to kill [...]

The “New Centrism” and Its Discontents

January 25th, 2011 by George Lakoff

There is no ideology of the “center.” What is called a “centrist” or a “moderate” is actually very different — a bi-conceptual, someone who is conservative on some issues and progressive on others, in many, many possible combinations. Why does this matter? From the perspective of how the brain works, the [...]