Saturday, 2 March 2019

window of discourse

Curiosity piqued by an unfamiliar term heuristically invoked during an interview with US Congress member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (previously), TYWKIWDBI presents a nice primer on the Overton Window—that is, the range of tolerance for public discourse. This sliding scale named after political scientist Joseph P Overton (*1960 – †2003) proffers that the political viability (and endurance) of a policy proposal is chiefly determined by where it falls within the spectrum of acceptability and governmental intervention. Much more to explore on defenestration at the link above.