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Book Review: Don’t think of an elephant! ~George Lakoff

George Lakoff has made a remarkable impact on the language of politics in this generation and don’t think of an elephant is an easy to read deciphering book of what all that language means.  Mr. Lakoff develops with clarity how conservative think tanks have created a strangle hold on the political discussions in recent years and how they spend millions of dollars promoting this deceptive language to confuse the public’s thinking – such as the 2004 Clean Air Act actually removes standards that were in place and takes the regulations and business back to 1974 standards and practices while sounding as though we are on the road to cleaner air.

Lakoff is reframing the political debate and shows the reader how to think in terms of their values instead of programs, and “why people vote their values and identities, often against their best interests.”

Mr. Lakoff truly assisted my thinking and the rediscovery of my values and identities into becoming a savvier listener and created more understanding for me of the language used in the political dialogue and process.   I found great value in reading this short and clear book.
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4 Responses to “Book Review: Don’t think of an elephant! ~George Lakoff”

  1. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia. I followed you here from Barbara’s blog.

    Tisk, tisk, I just CAN’T get into politics. I have had a strong distaste for it forever. Maybe because I don’t understand it??? Perhaps this book might help… although I live in Canada so the political language may be different? History was one of my worst subjects in school :-)

    I have also left a comment on one of your earlier posts: 90 Seconds of Anger – 90 Seconds of Happiness.

    Davinas last blog post..I’m Over The Moon As NBOTW

  2. Cath Lawson Says:

    Hi Patricia – that sounds like a great book. Politicians are experts at manipulation. I think we’ve all got to be aware of that and do our own research.

  3. Patricia Says:

    Cath,
    I appreciate your words and thank you for your comments.
    George Lakoff has a number of books out now about words and how they are used and I think he has a powerful message about how powerful words are in our world.
    When I mix it up with Gladwell’s book BLINK I am just amazed at how controlled we become if we don’t research for ourselves in every level of our living
    We are sometimes caught wondering what happened to our values and our foundations of our beliefs.

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  4. Patricia Says:

    Davina-
    Welcome
    I like active history myself….and history told in story form like the Native American stories or the Sufi Stories.

    I did not figure out history until I had to help my kiddos understand Washington State History and when I discovered that my State was intended to be stripped of it’s resources to nourish the East Coast regimes and I could see that repeating itself in contempory treatment of the state – wow I got interested in politics.

    George Lakoff just loves Words…he has a number of books but they all center on how words are powerful and manipulative. Short good book on words for writers.

    Your elections are only about 1 month long??? words have to be extremely powerful to persuade.
    Say your writing on 90 seconds post…Thank you for all your words and thoughts

    Patricias last blog post..Book Review: Blink ~Malcolm Gladwell