George Lakoff and Edwin Rutsch: Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy in Politics

“America was founded on a moral system and that system starts with empathy.”


To build culture of empathy, we will need to bridge the political divide. We need to bring democrats and republicans together with and for empathy.


Is Empathy the foundational value of progressives and America? Are conservatives against empathy? Or are both sides mired in pain, self-righteousness, judgments and intolerance for each other? I interview George Lakoff, a cognitive linguist and professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. 


George is the author of many academic and politically related books. His latest book is The Little Blue Book: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic. A compact handbook on partisan political discourse, with a blueprint for how liberals can switch from playing defense against conservatives to launching a stronger offense, by basing the discourse on the foundational value of empathy.