I said, attention! If you are awake and aware, and working for the survival of an America sovereign and free, you need to know this. That’s right, you. “Need to know.”
Before we get to the roll one may observe Barack Obama to be playing on the use and abuse of the Overton Window for Marxofascist, globalist revolution – that’s right, I said revolution – and potentially, Mitt Romney’s role to come, we must be clear what an Overton Window is.
We already have a an apt post up, explaining it, and especially how Marxists manipulate the Hegelian Dialectic. It centers around what was a clear, crisp, and very ominous video and unfortunately, not only has that video been removed from YouTube, but its poster as well. (No, to our discomfit, we didn’t download it.)
Very often, very good, though often politically whitewashed work is done at Wikipedia – no, really. So, rather than reformulate, or digest and regurgitate, we will simply reiterate what they present.
Then, we will provide further, necessary context for this, next entry. It will go back a bit, to describe Hegel’s dialectic, Marx, and Gramsci’s manipulation of this window left unnamed in their times.
And then, it will address our presidential candidates. In the mean time, we find that Terresa Monroe-Hamilton’s “Revolution Moves Into The Overton Window,” from just a moment ago, January 22, has already wet our whistle, whistleblowers that we are.
Study up, soldiers. There may be quiz questions in that next entry on this. (Quiz clue: consider Barack Obama in the salmon colored box and Mitt Romney in the pistachio ice cream. Hm, not very palatable on the same plate.)
The Overton window, in political theory, describes a “window” in the range of public reactions to ideas in public discourse, in a spectrum of all possible options on a particular issue. It is named after its originator, Joseph P. Overton, former vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
At any given moment, the “window” includes a range of policies considered to be politically acceptable in the current climate of public opinion, which a politician can recommend without being considered too “extreme” or outside the mainstream to gain or keep public office. Overton arranged the spectrum on a vertical axis of “more free” and “less free” in regard to government intervention. When the window moves or expands, ideas can accordingly become more or less politically acceptable. The degrees of acceptance of public ideas can be described roughly as:
The Overton Window is a means of visualizing which ideas define that range of acceptance by where they fall in it. Proponents of policies outside the window seek to persuade or educate the public so that the window either “moves” or expands to encompass them. Opponents of current policies, or similar ones currently within the window, likewise seek to convince people that these should be considered unacceptable.
Other formulations of the process created after Overton’s death add the concept of moving the window, such as deliberately promoting ideas even less acceptable than the previous “outer fringe” ideas, with the intention of making the current fringe ideas acceptable by comparison. The “door-in-the-face” technique of persuasion is a similar concept.
The novel Boomsday applies the Overton Window to the subject of Social Security reform in the United States. The technique used was to agitate for “voluntary transitioning,” that is, suicide at a certain age in exchange for benefits, as a method of reducing the cost of Social Security. Ultimately, the goal was a more modest form of reducing the burden on younger people for the costs of Social Security.
A similar idea was already expressed in 1868 in the novel Phineas Finn:
“Many who before regarded legislation on the subject as chimerical, will now fancy that it is only dangerous, or perhaps not more than difficult. And so in time it will come to be looked on as among the things possible, then among the things probable;–and so at last it will be ranged in the list of those few measures which the country requires as being absolutely needed. That is the way in which public opinion is made.”
“It is no loss of time,” said Phineas, “to have taken the first great step in making it.”
“The first great step was taken long ago,” said Mr. Monk,–”taken by men who were looked upon as revolutionary demagogues, almost as traitors, because they took it. But it is a great thing to take any step that leads us onwards.”
— Anthony Trollope, Phineas Finn
- Ambit claim
- Argument to moderation
- Slippery slope
- Door-in-the-face technique
- Creeping normalcy
- Political suicide
- Mark Pilgrim (23 August 2006). “W3C and the Overton window – includes a clear explanation“]. Dive into Mark. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011.
- Diagram of the Overton Window as described by Joseph Overton
It’s not the horse, but the plow.
Not the hog, but the sow,
Nor the bull, but the cow that carries.
Can you reflect? You know how.
Look! See through it! Start now.
We winnow, it’s your eye that tarries.
By each view and each bit,
And into each frame each pain will fit.
But, Overton Window Mitt?
Just keep looking through it.
You’ll see how.
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