For years, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy trained public policy experts on a theory of why some common sense solutions were not adopted by politicians.

The theory is called the "Overton Window," named after then Mackinac Center Vice President Joe Overton, who died in a plane crash in 2003.

Overton stated that only a relatively narrow window of options are considered politically accepted by politicians looking to get re-elected. The window is defined not by what the politicians would prefer, but instead by what will win them re-election.

Stay Engaged

Receive our weekly emails!

Fox News commentator Glenn Beck has written a soon-to-be released novel called "The Overton Window."

In preparation for its debut in popular culture, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy is using the Internet to educate people about the theory that caught Beck's fancy.

The Mackinac Center has recently created a Facebook page and up a web page giving some details on the Overton Window.

"Our Overton Window page explains the origins and applications of the theory for the millions of Americans who are about to be exposed to it for the first time," said Michael Jahr, the Mackinac Center's director of communications in an e-mail. "Overton would be delighted to know that his insight into the importance of ideas is about to gain national — probably international — prominence."


Related Articles:

Acton Lecture Series: 'Excuse Me Professor: Challenging the Myths of Progressivism'

Why Can’t Tesla Sell Cars in Michigan?

Thanksgiving Dinner More Expensive for Michiganders Than Surrounding States

Former Energy Regulator Says Bill Would Establish Energy Monopoly

Let's Make a (Special) Deal: Legislators Can't Shake the Habit

Liberty, Prosperity and Humility on Thanksgiving

Stay Engaged

Simply enter your email below to receive our weekly email:


Ted Nelson is a retired Michigan State Police officer who trained police departments throughout the state on civil asset forfeiture. He believes the practice has been misused and needs to change.

Related Sites