Overton Window

November 21, 2009 by USA Post 

VIDEO! Here is video of Glenn Beck’s Overton Window remarks. What is the Overton Window? The Overton Window is a political theory in which you shift the range of acceptance political ideas based upon the introduction of new outer unacceptable ideas.

The Overton Window starts with an initial range of ideas on a subject. Within that range ideas are deemed acceptable ideas; outside are seen unacceptable or outer fringe.

From there the technique is to push unacceptable outer fringe ideas into the range of acceptable ideas. How is that achieved? But introducing even more unacceptable ideas. The theory is that as the public sees new outer fringe ideas more unacceptable, older fringe ideas will push into the range as not so bad, becoming acceptable.

The originator of the theory is Joe Overton, former vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Below is video of Glenn on the subject today.

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