Fear and the Overton Window

Source: Quillette
by Naomi Schaefer Riley

“How does the Overton Window shift? How do absurd ideas become part of mainstream discussion while reasonable policy disagreements are pushed outside the bounds of legitimate discourse? This was the question that a philanthropist asked me and a number of other leaders in the child-welfare field last week. We were discussing why the movement to abolish child welfare (a movement that has grown up alongside ‘defund the police’) has been popularised, even though so many people in the field maintain — increasingly behind closed doors — that such a move would not only be impractical, but that it would also pose a serious danger to hundreds of thousands of children across the country. The answer arrived later that day on Twitter.” (05/31/24)