The Rise of American Authoritarianism: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (7)

A group of political scientists uncovered what's driving Donald Trump's ascent. What they found has implications that go well beyond 2016. By Amanda Taub The American media, over the past year, has been trying to work out something of a mystery: Why is the Republican electorate supporting a far-right, orange-toned populist with no real political … Continue reading The Rise of American Authoritarianism: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (7)

Yes, We Fought the Civil War Over Slavery: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (6)

Confederates Speak: Yes, We Fought the Civil War Over Slavery By Donna Ladd If you grew up in the South, and especially if you're white, you've likely been told repeatedly (maybe even in a classroom) that "the Civil War wasn't fought over slavery." (They might have even called it the "War Between the States" or … Continue reading Yes, We Fought the Civil War Over Slavery: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (6)

Why Republicans Attack Children: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (5)

Why Republicans Attack Children by George Lakoff Radical conservatives have found a new target for their anger, scorn, and ridicule: Children. Conservative attack dogs have made a point of specifically berating, harassing and insulting the young victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Eloquent young students like Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg, whose voices have … Continue reading Why Republicans Attack Children: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (5)

What This Civil War Was Over: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (4)

What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War by Chandra Manning Chandra Manning investigates what "ordinary soldiers thought about the relationship between slavery and the Civil War." In one of the most important recent books on the Civil War—it draws from the letters and diaries of over 1,100 Civil War soldiers, … Continue reading What This Civil War Was Over: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (4)

Understanding Trump: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (3)

Understanding Trump By George Lakoff As a longtime researcher in cognitive science and linguistics, I bring a perspective from these sciences to an understanding of the Trump phenomenon. This perspective is hardly unknown. Yet you will probably not read what I have to say in the NY Times, nor hear it from your favorite political … Continue reading Understanding Trump: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (3)

Corner Stone Speech: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (2)

The Cornerstone Speech was an oration delivered by Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens at the Athenaeum in Savannah, Georgia, on March 21, 1861. Delivered extemporaneously a few weeks before the Confederate States of America would start the American Civil War by firing on the U.S. Army at Fort Sumter, Stephens' speech applauded white supremacy, … Continue reading Corner Stone Speech: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (2)

Two Questions About Trump and Republicans that Stump Progressives: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (1)

Editor's note: Once I learned to see it all as motivated reasoning with the intent of publicly affirming the conservative moral hierarchy to prove one’s own virtue, it all made sense! Two Questions About Trump and Republicans that Stump Progressives By George Lakoff Progressives are stumped. They are asking these questions over and over again … Continue reading Two Questions About Trump and Republicans that Stump Progressives: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (1)