At the November 12th meeting of the Lamorinda Democratic Club, author George Lakoff brought his framing and linguistics expertise to the topic of “Restoring Democracy in California.â€? This includes his ballot initiative entitled, “The California Democracy Act,â€? which reads: “All Legislative actions on revenue and budget must be determined by majority vote.

During his talk, Lakoff stated that to make California governable again, a simple majority is needed to both pass a state budget and raise revenues; otherwise, the Democratic majority will continue to be held hostage by the Republican minority. Appealing to those interested in preserving democracy, Lakoff’s initiative is supported by the California Democratic Party and organized labor.

Lakoff is well-known for his recent books, including “Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debateâ€? and “The Political Mind: Why You Can’t Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain.â€? A cognitive linguist, he is particularly famous for his concept of the “embodied mind,” which he has written about in relation to mathematics. Dr. Lakoff has taught linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1972, and in recent years he has applied his work to the realm of politics.