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Lakoff writes: "Trump is dominating the media, partly to establish his authority, but mainly to divert attention and provide cover to Republican leaders. Keep focused on Republican actions. Minimize publicizing Trump - his image, his name, his tweets."

Donald Trump. (photo: Joshua Robert/Reuters)
Donald Trump. (photo: Joshua Robert/Reuters)


Ten Points for Democracy Activists

By George Lakoff, George Lakoff's Website

12 February 17

 

1 – To understand the basic issues, read “A Minority President”: https://georgelakoff.com/2016/11/22/a-minority-president-why-the-polls-failed-and-what-the-majority-can-do

2 – Know the difference between framing and propaganda: Frames are mental structures used in thought; every thought uses frames. Every word in every language is defined relative to a mental structure — a frame. Frames, in themselves, are unavoidable and neutral. Honest framing is the use of frames you believe and that are used to express truths. Propaganda expresses lies that propagandists know are lies for the sake of political or social advantage.

3 – Hold Republicans accountable. Trump is dominating the media, partly to establish his authority, but mainly to divert attention and provide cover to Republican leaders. Keep focused on Republican actions. Minimize publicizing Trump — his image, his name, his tweets.

4 – Focus attention on substance, not sideshows. Trump’s attacks on freedom, democracy, and the innocent matter more than his tweets. Positively and strongly reframe his pre-emptive framing (see tweet diagram).

5 – Focus on democracy and freedom. In a government by, for, and of the people, there is, or should be, no distinction between the public and the government. The consequences are:

  • Empathy: government should care about, and for, the public;
  • Transparency: government should inform the public truthfully;
  • Freedom and Opportunity: the private depends on public resources, both for private enterprise and private life. For example, if you’re not educated, you’re not free. If you have no health care, you’re not free. If you’re impoverished, you lack opportunity.

Republicans are destroying all of these by:

  • Removing “regulations,” which are public protections;
  • Imposing gag rules and budget cuts on government agencies removes transparency;
  • Privatizing education, protection, communication, infrastructure, nature; etc. are attacks on freedom)

6 – Be careful not to spread fake news. Check it out, on the “big four” non-partisan political fact-checkers—PolitifactFactcheck.org, the Washington Post’s Fact Checker, and Snopes.com. Subscribe to real news!

7 – Understand the brain’s politics: All ideas are physical, embodied in neural circuitry. The more the circuitry is activated, the stronger the circuitry gets and the more deeply the ideas are held. Worldviews are complex neural circuits fixed in the brain. People can only understand what fits the neural circuitry in their brains. Real facts can be filtered out by worldviews. “Alternative facts” are lies — falsehoods that follow from ideologies that are fixed, that define one’s identity and so are taken as ‘higher truths.”

8 – Remember: We’re the POWERFUL American Majority. No more helpless/hopeless talk. Anger, fear and cynicism benefit Trump’s GOP. Remember: Don’t think of an elephant! Don’t use Republican language, or repeat their positions, even to negate them. Frame using ideas you believe and real facts that are contextualized and morally framed. Avoid isolated facts and numbers. The best resistance is positive persistence.

9- Be positive: frame all issues from a progressive moral viewpoint. Take the viewpoint of the public good, not corporate profiteering. Take the viewpoint of the impoverished and weak, not the rich and powerful. Take the viewpoint of preservation, not the destruction of nature.

10 – Join the Citizens’ Communication Network: until it is officially functioning, you can unofficially join by following me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/George-Lakoff-Official-165643503477608/) and Twitter (@GeorgeLakoff) for regular thoughts and updates.


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0 # babaregi 2017-02-12 14:54
Extreme vetting, why?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amNRGpA4Ph8
 
 
+5 # HowardMH 2017-02-12 15:05
WOW what a good list of action items. Now read them again and start holding people accountable for results.

CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL, CALL

• Paul Ryan 202-225-0600

• Senate Switch Board 202-224-3121

• Sen Mitch McConnell 202-224-2541
 
 
+7 # tr4302@gmail.com 2017-02-12 15:33
Great suggestions!

Close ranks in the face of the tyrant and let us move forward united and firm.
 
 
0 # WaaDoo 2017-02-12 15:52
Powerful ? Indeed. "He (or those) that rule over men must be just, ruling out in the fear (respect) of God" 2 Samuel 23:3 And God then says, "Where is my fear" Malachi 1

GOP or DEM or IND. doesn't matter. Without a sense of service to people and accountability to a Higher Being, the power will go to the heads of those in office.
 
 
+4 # tr4302@gmail.com 2017-02-12 16:04
Great suggestions.

Close ranks in the face of the tyrant and let us move forward united and firm.
 
 
+4 # Robbee 2017-02-12 16:42
11 – Join the (other) Citizens’ Communication Network: until it is officially functioning, you can unofficially join by participating in RSN and Our Revolution
 
 
+3 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2017-02-13 00:12
Numbers 3, 6 and 9 are particularly useful though they'll be harder to implement than we think.
 
 
+3 # treerapper 2017-02-13 04:37
Thank you, George Lakoff. All good information especially not feeding the ego of the maniac. If we starve the monster he might even enrage his most ardent supporters with his autocratic need to control center stage.
 
 
+9 # RLF 2017-02-13 07:14
Another point...Let's not forget the knife in the back we got from the Democratic establishment and make sure that they change or get challenged by a third party in the next election.
 
 
+2 # Prideofmontana 2017-02-13 12:58
Thank you, George Lakoff. You are one of our most important voices in understanding how to remake America in the image of social good.
 
 
+1 # elkingo 2017-02-14 21:39
Well Jesus, George, you about said it all. What it all comes down to is the suffering and deprivation and dignity of the individual human being" As Eve Ensor said "Where is the love in public policy?"
 

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