The Rockridge Institute was a small non-profit progressive research institute founded by George Lakoff and a group of his colleagues in 1997. Its purpose was to study how issues are framed, both conceptually and linguistically, in political discourse, and how progressives might frame them more accurately and effectively. It began receiving funding in 2002 and until 2008 produced a wide range of studies on the framing of public discourse. By 2008, Rockridge had completed most of the tasks it started out to do. To do more it would have needed far more funding. At about the same time, funding shifted to the Democratic nomination campaign of 2008, and so Rockridge closed its doors.
Below are George’s contributions to the Rockridge Institute’s website before it closed in 2008.
Take Back America
Metaphor, Morality, and Politics Or, Why Conservatives Have Left Liberals In the Dust
Framing The Issues – UC Berkeley Interview
How To Respond to Conservatives
Framing—It’s About Values and Ideas
A Cognitive Scientist Looks At Daubert
Raising Real Children
What’s In A Word? Plenty, If It’s “Marriage”
A Call For Progressive Unity
Beyond Beauty and Wonder
Building on the Progressive Victory
Bush Is Not Incompetent
The Crucial Issues Not Addressed in the Immigration Debate
Framing Versus Spin
Occupation: The Inconvenient Truth About Iraq
War On Terror, Rest In Peace
When Cognitive Science Enters Politics
Whose Idea of Freedom Will Shape America’s Future?
Framing, Death, and Democracy
Iraq and the Betrayal of Trust
Progressive Taxation: Some Hidden Truths
Comparing Climate Proposals