Cleaning the Overton Window, Part 2: Is the Theory Accurate, Descriptively? What Does it Not Describe?

In the first post in this series I introduced the Overton Window theory of political change, and explained precisely what the theory maintains as it was first intended. In this post I will ask whether the theory is an accurate description of political change, and stress what political phenomena does the theory not describe. [Read more…]

Cleaning the Overton Window, Part 1: The Basic Theory

The Overton Window is one of the most frequently cited theories of political change in the freethought movement. It is also one of the least well understood. A clearer, more accurate understanding of the Overton Window will help the freethought movement progress: the Window must be cleaned so we can see through it clearly. This first post introduces the basic concept of the theory. [Read more…]