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By Borrelli (registered) | Posted April 30, 2010 at 12:54:14

You're right in how you characterize Lakoff there, Ryan, but that's only part of the story. I highly suggest reading a piece Lakoff wrote earlier this year called, 'Why "Rational Reason" Doesn't Work in Contemporary Politics'.

I'll point you to the end of the article, because I really do think that, all calls for the defense of liberal principles aside, he is suggesting a different way to operationalize those principles.

"Indeed, one of the major findings of real reason is that negating a frame activates that frame in the brain and reinforces it — like Nixon saying that he was not a crook. Dan Pfeiffer, writing on the White House blog, posted an article called “Still not a ‘Government Takeover’,” which activates the conservative idea of a government takeover and hence reinforces the idea. Every time a liberal goes over a conservative proposal giving evidence negating conservative ideas one by one, he or she is activating the conservative ideas in the brains of his audience. The proper response is to start with your own ideas, framed to fit what you really believe. Facts matter. But they have to be framed properly and their moral significance must be made manifest. That is what we learn from real reason."

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