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 Post subject: reframing debate.
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:48 pm 
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Background: I study/do research in cognitive linguistics, so I know framing matters and has huge consequences, especially at a political level. However, that doesn't often translate into an ability to personally re-frame debates in order to get to the issue at hand. So...

...I was really excited to see this piece in my friend's blog: http://www.thelittleblueblog.org/2012/0 ... d-liberty/ It's about re-framing the abortion debate from a progressive perspective. Regarding one recent proposal by the Texas GOP they write:

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(T)he GOP’s policy does not protect American life at all. For example, arguing that this bill guarantees that “all innocent human life must be respected and safeguarded from fertilization to natural death” is nonsense. Real safeguarding of human life would involve measures that the Republican-dominated Texas legislature opposes: universal health care, a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, protection against starvation, and a ban on poisonous food and environmental pollution in the name of corporate profit.


There's also quite a lot about specific language use and how to change it. I thought it was neat.

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 Post subject: Re: reframing debate.
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:07 am 
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Unfortunately, the people in charge of the GOP these days are idealoges. They are more concerned about "purtity" and how it fits in their belief structure. One could probabaly reframe a debate in multiple ways, but they wouldn't listen becuase it doesn't fit in with thier world view, which they are not willing to either examine or change.

My mother has gotten involved with Citizens for Prosperty, so I have been reading "The Law" by Bastiat and "Economics in One Lesson" by Hazlitt. All I can say is scary. Classical Liberalism beliefs fused with "traditional american values" is not a good thing in the long run for the US, in my opinion.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 9:10 am 
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Yeah. The purpose is rather to reframe it for the progressives, who often get trapped using conservative language (which reinforces conservative idea/ls). Agreed re:your opinion on Citizens for Prosperity.

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Only the Catholic Church is pro-life; the Protestant right wing is pro-family. The difference is that the Protestants (in the US) oppose abortion because it harms the family. They can be "pro-life" and "pro-death penalty" because violent crime also threatens the family. Government intrusion into the family is also opposed. If a family needs help with food or medical aid, they should seek it from their community and church, not the government. Maybe it's because I am old but I don't think suggesting that pro-life people don't care about babies is any more useful than their suggestion that I want to murder unborn children.

I found Spirit and Flesh by James Ault to be really helpful in understanding the worldview of American Protestant Fundamentalists. It's a nuanced portrait that manages to remember that they are human beings. When Ault's grant ended and he was trying to secure other funding to finish his project, some members of the church he was studying tried to see if they could employ him in their own businesses so he could have some income.

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