The Overton Window

The Overton Window

More stylish jeans and a warm autumn sweater, nails freshly done, a little purple flower in her hair instead of the pencils. But more than just her clothes had changed. The difference was subtle but striking and — 51 — The Overton Window.

Author: Glenn Beck

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439190111

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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A plan to destroy America, a hundred years in the making, is about to be unleashed . . . can it be stopped? There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country. For Noah Gardner, a twentysomething public relations executive, it’s safe to say that political theory is the furthest thing from his mind. Smart, single, handsome, and insulated from the world’s problems by the wealth and power of his father, Noah is far more concerned about the future of his social life than the future of his country. But all of that changes when Noah meets Molly Ross, a woman who is consumed by the knowledge that the America we know is about to be lost forever. She and her group of patriots have vowed to remember the past and fight for the future—but Noah, convinced they’re just misguided conspiracy-theorists, isn’t interested in lending his considerable skills to their cause. And then the world changes. An unprecedented attack on U.S. soil shakes the country to the core and puts into motion a frightening plan, decades in the making, to transform America and demonize all those who stand in the way. Amidst the chaos, many don’t know the difference between conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact—or, more important, which side to fight for. But for Noah, the choice is clear: Exposing the plan, and revealing the conspirators behind it, is the only way to save both the woman he loves and the individual freedoms he once took for granted. After five back-to-back #1 New York Times bestsellers, national radio and Fox News television host Glenn Beck has delivered a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that seamlessly weaves together American history, frightening facts about our present condition, and a heart-stopping plot. The Overton Window will educate, enlighten, and, most important, entertain—with twists and revelations no one will see coming.
Categories: Fiction

Regimes of Inequality

Regimes of Inequality

Joseph Lehman, a colleague at the Mackinac Center, disseminated Overton's notion of the “window of political possibility” after the latter's untimely death in a plane crash. What Lehman termed the “Overton window” is the range of policy ...

Author: Julia Lynch

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107001688

Category: Medical

Page: 300

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Since the 1990s, mainstream political parties have failed to address the problem of growing inequality, resulting in political backlash and the transformation of European party systems. Most attempts to explain the rise of inequality in political science take a far too narrow approach, considering only economic inequality and failing to recognize how multiple manifestations of inequality combine to reinforce each other and the underlying political features of advanced welfare states. Combining training in public health with a background in political science, Julia Lynch brings a unique perspective to debates about inequality in political science and to public health thinking about the causes of and remedies for health inequalities. Based on case studies of efforts to reduce health inequalities in England, France and Finland, Lynch argues that inequality persists because political leaders chose to frame the issue of inequality in ways that made it harder to solve.
Categories: Medical

The Contagion Next Time

The Contagion Next Time

The precise term for this is “shifting the Overton window.” The Overton window is named after political thinker Joseph Overton (Figure 6.2). It refers to the range of topics considered acceptable for the mainstream political discourse.

Author: Sandro Galea

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197576427

Category: Medical

Page: 296

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A better and healthier time to be alive than ever -- An unhealthy country -- An unhealthy world -- Who we are, the foundational forces -- Where we live, work, and play -- Politics, power, and money -- Compassion -- Social, racial, and economic justice -- Health as a public good -- Understanding what matters most -- Working in complexity and doubt -- Humility and informing the public conversation.
Categories: Medical

Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada

Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy in Canada

The Overton Window Joe Overton developed his idea of the window of political possibility (named the “Overton window” after his death in 2003) while he was vice-president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a right-wing think tank ...

Author: Meenal Shrivastava

Publisher: Athabasca University Press

ISBN: 9781771990295

Category: Social Science

Page: 436

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In Democracy in Alberta: The Theory and Practice of a Quasi-Party System, published in 1953, C. B. Macpherson explored the nature of democracy in a province that was dominated by a single class of producers. At the time, Macpherson was talking about Alberta farmers, but today the province can still be seen as a one-industry economy—the 1947 discovery of oil in Leduc having inaugurated a new era. For all practical purposes, the oil-rich jurisdiction of Alberta also remains a one-party state. Not only has there been little opposition to a government that has been in power for over forty years, but Alberta ranks behind other provinces in terms of voter turnout, while also boasting some of the lowest scores on a variety of social welfare indicators. The contributors to Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy critically assess the political peculiarities of Alberta and the impact of the government’s relationship to the oil industry on the lives of the province’s most vulnerable citizens. They also examine the public policy environment and the entrenchment of neoliberal political ideology in the province. In probing the relationship between oil dependency and democracy in the context of an industrialized nation, Alberta Oil and the Decline of Democracy offers a crucial test of the “oil inhibits democracy” thesis that has hitherto been advanced in relation to oil-producing countries in the Global South. If reliance on oil production appears to undermine democratic participation and governance in Alberta, then what does the Alberta case suggest for the future of democracy in industrialized nations such as the United States and Australia, which are now in the process of exploiting their own substantial shale oil reserves? The environmental consequences of oil production have, for example, been the subject of much attention. Little is likely to change, however, if citizens of oil-rich countries cannot effectively intervene to influence government policy.
Categories: Social Science

16th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security

16th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security

The Overton Window: A Tool for Information Warfare George-Daniel Bobric “Carol I” National Defense University, Bucharest, ... The subject of this paper is the informational warfare, on the one hand, and the Overton window theory - a ...

Author: Dr Juan Lopez Jr

Publisher: Academic Conferences Limited

ISBN: 9781912764884

Category: History


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These proceedings represent the work of contributors to the 16th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ICCWS 2021), hosted by joint collaboration of Tennessee Tech Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center (CEROC), Computer Science department and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee on 25-26 February 2021. The Conference Co-Chairs are Dr. Juan Lopez Jr, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, and Dr. Ambareen Siraj, Tennessee Tech’s Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center (CEROC), and the Program Chair is Dr. Kalyan Perumalla, from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee.
Categories: History

Ebook Issues in Public Health Challenges for the 21st Century

Ebook  Issues in Public Health  Challenges for the 21st Century

In seeking to 'own' the narrative, corporate entities and their allies may be conceptualized as aiming to shift what is termed the Overton window. First described by Joseph P. Overton (Mackinac Center for Public Policy 2019), ...

Author: Martin McKee

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 9780335249169

Category: Medical

Page: 304

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What is public health and why is it important? By looking at the foundations of public health, its historical evolution, the themes that underpin public health and the increasing importance of globalization, this book provides thorough answers to these important questions. Written by experts in the field, the book discusses the core issues of modern public health, such as tackling vested interests head on, empowering people so they can make healthy decisions, and recognising the political nature of the issues. The new edition has been updated to identify good modern public health practice, evolving from evidence. New features include: •A completely revised and restructured Table of Contents, including a newly expanded section, focusing covering the contemporary issues facing public health •Updates on the expanding role of public health, covering the issues of sustainability and climate change, human rights, genetics and armed conflict •New chapters on: - Non-communicable diseases and health, addressing obesity, nutrition and mental health - Conflict and Health, looking into the impact of conflict on individual health (primary and secondary), mental health, the health service and infectious diseases - Ethics and public health concerning human rights and public health, including global human rights policies, tensions surrounding compulsory vaccination, treatment and medical examination, the role of quarantine and detention as public health measures, medical information sharing and rights, and the balance of rights within different cultural settings - Communicating health, explaining the barriers to communicating public health messages, overcoming barriers; role of media in health messages, complexity and miscommunication, fake news and the communication of facts •Examination of the impact of globalization on higher and lower income countries •Exploration of the tension between the population approach and the personal behaviour change model of health promotion •New and expanded varieties of self-assessment activities to help understanding and learning of the topics Issues in Public Health is an ideal introductory text for higher education students studying public health in depth. Series Editors: Rosalind Plowman and Nicki Thorogood.
Categories: Medical

The Moral Libertarian Horizon Volume 1

The Moral Libertarian Horizon  Volume 1

Ideas within the Overton Window can be socially acceptably expressed, those outside the window cannot. Over time, the Overton Window can shift, for example acceptance of homosexuality was outside the window ...

Author: TaraElla

Publisher: TaraElla




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How does liberalism's dedication to distributing liberty equally make it a moral ideology? To answer this question, we need to first look at what liberty is. Liberty is the power an individual has over their own actions, their ability to put their ideas into action. Therefore, looking at it from a moral perspective, liberty is moral agency, i.e. the ability to act in accordance with one's moral compass. An equitable distribution of liberty therefore ensures an equitable distribution of moral agency. In this way, liberalism ensures that every individual in society has an equal share of moral agency. At this point, we need to turn to the fact that liberty (and hence moral agency) are also finite resources: if some have more, others must have less. If lords can command slaves (therefore having more liberty), slaves will not be able to act according to their own moral compass, and thus have no moral agency. Therefore, in an equal distribution of liberty (and hence moral agency), everyone can have full moral agency over their own beliefs and actions, but nobody can have moral agency over another. This, I would argue, makes liberalism the ONLY morally valid ideology. Since all human beings are morally flawed to some extent, allowing some humans to have moral agency over others is morally impermissible. Allowing a lord to command a slave as he pleases means that the slave must commit an immoral act even if the act is both objectively immoral (as in absolute truth) and known to be immoral by the slave, as long as the the act is not known to be immoral by the lord (or alternatively he is a depraved lord and does not care). This has several consequences. On an individual level, the slave would be morally responsible (at least in his conscience, and also by the laws of religion for those of us who are religious) for commiting a moral wrong, knowing that it is wrong, but not being able to resist anyway. On a societal level, it also means that those holding power can commit severe atrocities, without the moral consciences of other people acting as a brake. Which was actually how tragedies like the holocaust happened. One may be tempted to argue that, as long as we prevent having bad governments by being vigilant voters and by putting in place national and international regulations, nothing as bad will happen again. But this is naive, because the ability to judge if governments are good is limited by the fact that politicians often lie their way into power and manipulate the political landscape once in office. It is also still true that no human being can perfectly know the absolute truth of what is morally right or wrong, and therefore, if we simply let those in power decide for everyone, there will still be plenty of injustices, even if nowhere as great as the holocaust. The principle of Equal Moral Agency is the only thing that will prevent such injustices.

The Moral Libertarian Horizon Volume 1 4

The Moral Libertarian Horizon  Volume 1 4

Ideas within the Overton Window can be socially acceptably expressed, those outside the window cannot. Over time, the Overton Window can shift, for example acceptance of homosexuality was outside ...

Author: TaraElla

Publisher: TaraElla


Category: Political Science


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This is the combined version of the first four volumes of The Moral Libertarian Horizon by TaraElla.
Categories: Political Science

The Propagandists Playbook

The Propagandists  Playbook

Nearly thirty years ago, he developed the concept of the “Overton Window” during his time at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute dedicated to reducing government intervention and promoting free ...

Author: Francesca Bolla Tripodi

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300248944


Page: 288

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An examination of what algorithmic polarization means for society and how conservative elites use media literacy tactics to spread propaganda The Propagandists' Playbook peels back the layers of the right-wing media manipulation machine to reveal why its strategies are so effective and pervasive, while also humanizing the people whose worldviews and media practices conservatism embodies. Based on interviews and ethnographic observations of two Republican groups over the course of the 2018 Virginia gubernatorial race--including the author's firsthand experience of the 2017 Unite the Right rally--the book considers how Google algorithms, YouTube playlists, pundits, and politicians can manipulate audiences, reaffirm beliefs, and expose audiences to more extremist ideas, blurring the lines between reality and fiction. Francesca Tripodi argues that conservatives who embody the Christian worldview give authoritative weight to original texts and interrogate the media using the same tools taught to them in Bible study--for example, using Google to "fact check" the news. The result of this practice, tied to conservative marketing tactics, is more than a reaffirmation of existing beliefs: it is a radicalization of content and a changing of narratives adopted by the media. Tripodi also demonstrates the pervasiveness of white supremacy in the conservative media ecosystem, as well as its mainstream appeal, scope, and spread.