Articles by Green Papers

Framing in the context of fracking

by Cecile Lawrence, Ph.D., J.D. August 29, 2012 To try to win hearts and minds, people, organizers, governments choose words, phrases and images that resonate with the cause and with the audience. It’s not nearly enough to have facts and figures and science as all of those can be and have been manipulated and corrupted. Framing is done subtly so that people often don’t realize what’s happening unless they’re attuned to it, are probably wordmeisters, and can spot it. It’s a bit like Psy Ops (Psychological Operations). In fact Psy Ops uses framing techniques. We have all been subjected to framing…


St. Vrain Valley Voices: Disguised attack on democracy

Times Call By Ron Forthofer [Colorado Green Party member and former candidate for Congress] July 5, 2012 Years ago, corporate America concocted a scheme to advance its interests and increase its profits and power. However, this scheme — new investment rights that could pose a challenge to democracy and sovereignty — would come at a high cost to the public. Corporate America, particularly gigantic banks, had a problem though. How could they con the people into going against their own best interests? Supporters of this scheme used “free trade” in naming most versions of this scheme, for example, the North…


One Democratic State: A Green Solution to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

by Justine McCabe First published in Green Horizon Magazine / Spring Summer 2012  For we belong to a single body – Arabs and Jews Tel Aviv and Tulkarem, Haifa and Ramallah – What are they If not a single pair of shoulders, Twin breasts? (Our Land by Israeli poet Aharon Shabtai in J’Accuse, 2001) As we note the anniversary of the “Arab Spring’s” revolts against repressive regimes in the Middle East, democracy remains uncertain. But a linchpin around which these regimes have long operated continues: the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Indeed, as Egypt’s revolution began, James Jones–former commander of all NATO forces,…


Finding the Green Frame: Professor Lakoff’s ‘Political Mind’ and the Green Party

A review by Scott McLarty First published in print in Green Horizon, Spring/Summer 2012 The Political Mind: A Cognitive Scientist’s Guide to Your Brain and Its Politics Book by George Lakoff Penguin, 2009 paperback reprint edition, 320 pages   This past summer, some Green Party members opened up a dialogue with economic David C. Korten, who appeared via Skype on a screen before an audience at the party’s annual national meeting in Alfred, New York. During one discussion with a few Greens, Korten said that the Green Party “must find its narrative.” People can grasp political ideas if they’re presented…


Occupy Earth Day

Occupy Earth Day An Expose of the Corporate Propaganda Systems that Undermine Systemic Change Activism April 18, 2012 | corporations.org Mike Ewall is founder and director of Energy Justice Network www.energyjustice.net This Earth Day, like so many others, we’ll be invited to pick up litter, plant trees, be reminded to recycle, and countless other personal habits we can adopt to save the earth. Corporations pitching “green” products will bust out their “Lorax-approved” logos and encourage our “green” consumption. This will be the first Earth Day since the Occupy Wall Street movement took form. How can we Occupy Earth Day – or as our…