I can’t believe people actually buy this shit… or maybe they won’t come
I remember some conversations we’ve had in here int he past about our faith
in people, especially americans these days. I was being a little cynical and
overly critical. But when you see shit like that and I see people buy it I’m
just so damned confused. I can’t understand it. My mother has an interesting
idea, well someone else did and she read it. IT really is beginning to make
a lot of sense. I just forwarded her email. It was too a giant family email
discusion that seems to go nowhere. Even though it late int he game its
still a very interesting thign to read. The 36 pages online are quick…
I suggest we raise the level of this conversation to a discussion of values
and what this country should really stand for. There is a very interesting
book that has just come out called “Don’t Think of an Elephant” it is
written by George Lakoff, a cognitive linguist. Among other things, Lakoff
discusses the birth (in the 1970) and development of the radical
conservative movement and how they have achieved such political success. One
of the key points is that they have defined a clear value system based on a
“strict father” model.
Progressives on the other hand have a “Nurturing Parent” model but are
sorely lacking in articulating the values that reflect this model. It is a
wake up call to progressives as to the serious consequences of not getting
their act together.
The cognitive science part of this book is fascinating and to understand the
science is to understand why the Radcons have been so successful. However,
for our discussion, I’m suggesting we focus on the value aspect, what are
our core values…I suspect we share a lot of them.
Go to http://www.chelseagreen.com/images/DTE_Sampler.pdf You can read and
print the 36 pages of Lakoff’s book. It’s is a good overview and maybe all
we need to start a constructive discussion.
For those of you who consider yourself conservatives and resist looking at
the Lakoff material because it is written by a progressive I ask, what are
you afraid of? It may enlighten you as to what progressives are about as
well as help in defining who you are in light of the political parties.
As I said before, I suspect we have many shared values and if so why are we
so polarized? But I could be wrong about the value thing - in which case we
can agree to disagree because we indeed have no common ground…no shared
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