Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think
Review by Mike Hayes on 2005-12-19
This book helps the individual reader begin to grasp (after one reading) why liberals and conservatives do not understand how one another think. George Lakoff is a cognitive linguist and he explains how we take in new information, process it, and decide whether to accept it as "fact" or discard it. He says that conservatives operate from a "strict father" model of how families ought to operate. Liberals utilize a "nurturing parent" model. Conservatives and liberals each transfer their respective model to form their view of how religion and government ought to operate. And therein lies the difference! What an eye opener! I wish there were a book discussion group in central Illinois that would take up this book. Readers like myself would benefit from the opportunity to share our perceptions with others. I woiuld gain a more complete understanding of the concepts and the examples of entirely opposite priorities by conservatives and liberals for a number of "moral values".