Review: Don’t Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate: The Essential Guide for Progressives

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Don't Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate: The Essential Guide for Progressives
Don’t Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate: The Essential Guide for Progressives by George Lakoff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an incredibly important book! I don’t read many political books but this dug deeply into a question that has always fascinated me: What is the psychological divide in the U.S. political culture war? I am adding George Lakoff to the list of my other favorite cognitive scientists, alongside Steven Pinker and Noam Chomsky. These guys have a knack for cutting to the simple heart of complex issues and making clear, mind-boggling presentations. Liberals will like this little The Art of War type book as a manual for winning rhetorical turf battles. But I believe this kind of book (and its equivalent from the other side) is very important for both sides to read. It’s about more than just arming yourself with the moral language for winning arguments. It’s about empathy, understanding other people’s worldviews so you can find common ground and build consensus.

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Victor A. Davis has always loved reading and writing short stories. He is an avid hiker and even when away from the world of laptops and wifi, keeps a pocket paperback and a handwritten journal to keep him company on trail. He is the author of two short story collections, Grains of Sand and The Gingerbread Collection. Join his Mailing List for special announcements about upcoming works.