The “Overton Window” is a conceptualization of public or social discourse and it’s correlation with the public and official policy that is viewed through that “window”.
In other words, the Overton Window contains all the ideas, beliefs, and public discourse that is “socially acceptable”. Supposedly, our policies and laws are based upon what is in the window:
As ideas outside the window, concepts viewed as “unacceptable” or “radical”- to the ‘left’ or ‘right’- become more accepted, the window shifts. The public discourse and societal standards are changed.
The media, educational system, entertainment industry, and government or public agencies introduce new ideas into the societal discussion- eventually bringing formerly “unthinkable” concepts into the realm of “normal”, “acceptable” or “popular”.
In my lifetime, the window has shifted to where formerly unthinkable things have become mainstream- abortion on demand, gay marriage, and a complete degradation of morality, especially sexual morality.
Sometimes, the view presented in the window is rejected. The election of President Trump was a rejection of a window that was filled with globalism, open borders, and socialism. You don’t have to look through the window.
What is filling the window now? Infanticide, lawlessness, transgenderism, and socialism. Will we use the new window or pull down the shades?
I say get out the hammer and board it up.