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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