Whose Freedom?

Whose Freedom?

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Since September 11, 2001, the Bush administration has relentlessly invoked the word "freedom." Al-Qaeda attacked us because "they hate our freedom." The U.S. can strike preemptively because "freedom is on the march." Social security should be privatized in order to protect individual freedoms. The 2005 presidential inaugural speech was a kind of crescendo: the words "freedom," "free," and "liberty," were used forty-nine times in President Bush's twenty-minute speech.In "Whose Freedom?, " Lakoff surveys the political landscape and offers an essential map of the Republican battle plan that has captured the hearts and minds of Americans--and shows how progressives can fight to reinvigorate this most beloved of American political ideas.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 277 pages
  • 139.7 x 203.2 x 25.4mm | 249.48g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 031242647X
  • 9780312426477
  • 705,354

Review quote

"George Lakoff has made pathbreaking contributions to cognitive science. In "Whose Freedom?" he uses several of his discoveries and much wisdom to produce a systematic analysis of contemporary society and political thinking. The result is illuminating." --Antonio Damasio, author of "Descartes' Error," "The Feeling of What Happens," and "Looking for Spinoza" "In the battle of ideas, George Lakoff is one of the progressive movement's Five-Star Generals. Here he shows what we must do to take back precious ground lost to the Right--the concept of "freedom," on which America's very foundation is built. Read this and arm yourself." --Robert B. Reich, Professor of Public Policy at University California at Berkeley and former U.S. Secretary of Labor "Few words evoke more emotion or debate in this country than the word, freedom. Our founding fathers intended for it to be that way. And ever since, progressive political leaders have attempted to interpret and employ the concept of freedom and its relevance to American public policy debates. Arguably, President Franklin Roosevelt described it most eloquently and succinctly in his "Four Freedoms" of speech and worship and from want and fear. George Lakoff's new book is as enjoyable to read as it is important to understand. It comes at a critical time for our country. Because freedom has always been a progressive concept, it is time for progressives to reclaim the word and its meaning in today's context. Mr. Lakoff shows us how." --Former Senator Tom Daschle "One of the most influential political thinkers of the progressive movement." --Howard Deanshow more

About Lakoff George

George Lakoff is the author of "Don't Think of an Elephant "and" Moral Politics, " as well as many seminal books on linguistics. He lives and teaches in Berkeley, California.show more