What is the Overton Window?

Is it a metaphor for other Industries?

[By Dr. David E. Marcinko MBA]

According to Wikipedia, the Overton Window is the range of ideas tolerated in public discourse, also known as the window of discourse.

The term is named after political scientist Joseph P. Overton, who claimed that an idea’s political viability depends mainly on whether it falls within a range acceptable to the public, rather than on politicians’ individual preferences.

According to Overton, the window contains the range of policies that a politician can recommend without appearing too extreme to gain or keep public office in the current climate of public opinion.




How does the Overton Window relate to the following?

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Parenting
  • Athletics; etc.

In fact, what does it NOT relate to? Your thoughts are appreciated.


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