If we had set out to alienate and antagonise the people we’ve been trying to reach, we could scarcely have done it better. This is how I feel, looking back on the past few decades of environmental campaigning, including my own.

This thought is prompted by responses to a recent column I wrote for The Guardian, which examined the psychological illiteracy that’s driving left-wing politics into oblivion. It argued that the failure by parties such as Labour in the UK and the Democrats in the US to listen to psychologists and cognitive linguists has resulted in a terrible mistake: the belief that ...


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