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By Borrelli (registered) | Posted April 30, 2010 at 10:34:22

Lakoff's work is essential reading for progressives, I think. Good call bringing that up, Thompsmr. It's political social psychology that finds that citizens do not act in exclusively rational ways (quite the opposite, actually--see the many, many studies on why working class folks vote conservative, most written in the 1960s).

The message I take away from that is that you concentrate on a politics of pragmatism, even if it sacrifices principles from time to time. And you don't need to sell out 100%, but unfortunately politics is not a sport where you can easily retain your purity of belief.

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