Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Meditation on the Tea Party Movement

By Charles Hugh Smith

The Tea Party movement is neither fully formed nor monolithic. Perhaps there is more going on here than is generally credited.

I have yet to read an account of the Tea Party movement which makes any sort of comprehensive sense. What passes for “commentary” on the subject is mostly ideologically-driven spin from the “left” or “right,” both of which see the movement as a handy rhetorical device they can mock or co-opt to make their same old tired “talking points.”

My own sense is that a coherent account of the Tea Party movement must be far more nuanced and historically informed. The standard-issue pundit/commentator’s ignorance of American history is so abysmal that it is little wonder that commentary on the movement is so threadbare. FULL STORY

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