Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Dump is destroying democracy and how to resist
From this Business Insider article. We can fight back with "a new language that both inspires and energizes people to think otherwise in order to act otherwise." That is, passionate framing per Lakoff.
"His call to 'Make America Great Again' reveals his nostalgia for a white Christian past. Allan Nairn, the award-winning investigative journalist, gets it right in arguing that Trump and the Republican Party want 'to abolish democracy…because that's the only way they can perpetuate their power' and create a form of 'domestic fascism.'"
"Trump's hateful rhetoric also proves that education is central to politics, because it's through language and diverse forms of communication that power materializes to shape consciousness, desire, identity and values. It's crucial therefore in the age of Trump to use the language of resistance, one that's rooted in compassion for others, expands the reach of justice and encourages us to confront the forces of tyranny. Language is the precondition for education, and education is central to politics itself. We need a new language that both inspires and energizes people to think otherwise in order to act otherwise."