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Practical Frames

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Forward Framing

A repository of practical political frames for the liberal/progressive community.


The idea of the “Forward Framing” is to provide a repository of frames for anyone to use in thinking about and communicating about politics. The frames in “Forward Framing” are designed to support the liberal/progressive movement. On this page you will find a list of links to framing articles about various topics. The primary list gives you an abstract of each of these pages.

This area of dKosopedia contains information on current liberal Democratic thought on various topics. A “frame” is a context for thoughts, and “reframing” allows us to change the frames associated with political concepts to those that help our cause. Use the following links to find proper language to respond to Republican frames.

The concept of reframing political arguments got an enormous boost from George Lakoff. Lakoff founded the progressive think tank, the Rockridge Institute, which concentrates in part on helping liberal candidates and politicians with re-framing political metaphors.

We invite members of the community to participate in framing, and we have set aside areas of DKosopedia for this work. Go to the Frame Creation by Topic area to select a topic and start a round of framing. When you have finished, summarize the results by updating one of the pages listed here or creating a new one for your frame. You can find more information on the process of producing frames on the Framing page.

What Does Framing Give You?

This section is designed as both a "repair shop" and a “factory.” As a repair shop, you can bring your tired, old, battered hand-me-down frame from the Republican Party and get a realigned and polished frame that work for Democrats. As a factory, you can select a new shiny new, up-to-date frame that will serve as a sleek new vehicle to get you around the political landscape.

Re-articulating the core principles of the Democratic Party and evaluating vision/threat/status of each principle is a big project. But we have real problems to fix that can't wait for broad repairs to our party infrastructure. In the short run, we need to fix as many frames as possible--we need to make repairs to the language we are using. If we repair enough political concepts, driving will become safer and easier.

If you want to do "big picture" stuff go see Vision for America. If you want to add a frame here, we suggest you use the framing process described on the Framing page.

Topic List

Topic Abstracts

This section provides an alphabetical summary of the Forward Framing pages.

Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action

The Attack on Our Rights

Democrats Are Not Traitors

Challenges to Democracy

Reaffirm Democracy

“Culture of Life” Reframing

Reframe “Culture of Life”



Economic Policy

Economic Policy

Emergency Response

Emergency Response

Hurricane Katrina and Emergency Response

Fair Elections

Fair Elections

“Framing” Bush and Cheney for Impeachment

Impeaching Bush and Cheney

“Health Savings Accounts” Reframing

Health Savings Accounts

International Trade Agreements

International Trade Agreements

“Ownership Society” Reframing

Ownership Society

“Personal Retirement Accounts” Reframing

Personal Retirement Accounts

Prosecuting Officials for Crimes

Framed: Prosecuting Officials for Crimes

Selecting Presidential Nominees

Target President Profile


Political Philosophy of Sex

Social Justice

Social Justice

Social Security

Framed: Social Security (new as of December 2010)

See also Personal Retirement Accounts

“Terrorism” Reframing

Reframe “Terrorism”

White Collar Unemployment

White Collar Unemployment

Key diaries

Below is a collection of key diaries on this topic. Please only put diaries that have achieved "recommended" status on Daily Kos:

See also

Frame Projects

Historical Note

Originally, this area was developed as an analogy to FrameShop as a workspace for continuing and refining the work begun by Jeffrey Feldman's series FrameShop Diaries on DKos, introduced in this diary. Feldman set up a site to continue this work, which you can find here. The terms “FrameShop” and “FrameShop is open” are trademarks claimed by Jeffrey Feldman.

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This page was last modified 17:28, 22 December 2010 by Rich Wingerter. Based on work by Roger Templeton. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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