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  •  Don't read this book. Read Paul Starr's (1+ / 0-)
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    "Freedom's Power" that Bill Moyers recommended.  We need to take back the power of liberalism.  Our nation was founded on a new radical concept of Liberty for all with rights and not privileges. Up to that time, people were ruled primarily by oligarchies,monarchies and theocracies.  This grand experiment sprung from classic liberalism and now has evolved into modern liberalism.
    You are darn right.  Liberalism is powerful, not sucking at our mother's tit.  

    I met Lakoff in 2004 on his way to the Kerry campaign.  Lakoff dismissed my contention that it was dangerous to ignore psychological type.  I guessed the Lakoff is an intuitive feeler and so, naturally, sees the world in "nurturing" terms.  "Tender, accomodating, compassionate are all words associated with people who make decisions first based on how it effects others as opposed to those of us that make decisions first on logic and analysis.

    What I said also at the time was "you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear" as Lakoff went off to work with Kerry.  "And maybe you don't want a silk purse anyway.  Too flimsy."  In other words, go with your strengths and don't try to be something you are not.  And don't judge others.  Leave judging for your own actions and motivations.  Much kinder and more efficient to use perception for others.  

    "Whatever is calculated to advance the condition of the honest, struggling laboring man, I am for that thing." Abraham Lincoln

    by MontanaMaven on Sun May 20, 2007 at 01:47:40 PM PDT

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