Why Are Progressives Stumped?

Progressives often are mystified by the behavior of Trump supporters.  Why would you support something that is going to harm you?  Healthcare is just one obvious example.  Progressives are dumbfounded.  So why are Republicans so eager to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act?  It seems like if they succeed they will put their own constituents at risk for losing health insurance!   This makes absolutely no sense to progressives.

But there is someone who has given it a lot of thought.

Enter George Lakoff

George Lakoff has some ideas and has done a lot of research about this seeming paradox.  In fact he has written a number of books about how we frame our communication based on our often unconscious values.  His books explore how we think, frame, and communicate our beliefs, values and political views.  His thesis is that progressives and conservatives have opposing moral worldviews.  Without understanding the underlying worldview there is no hope of understanding what motivates the political view.  Likewise, once we DO understand another person’s value system, we have a clue to their thinking and actions.

Lakoff believes that “All politics is moral.”

Lakoff retired as Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley.  He is currently the Director of the Center for the Neural Mind & Society (cnms.Berkeley.edu).

Read George Lakoff’s recent blog post:

Two Questions About Trump and Republicans that Stump Progressives

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Two Questions About Trump and Republicans that Stump Progressives

One thought on “Two Questions About Trump and Republicans that Stump Progressives

  • July 19, 2017 at 4:48 am

    We really do need to learn why our people keep voting against their own interest.

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