[FoRK] NYT op-ed on TP almost gets it
jbone at place.org
Thu Jun 17 06:04:43 PDT 2010
Though he proceeds from the popular but false premise of any such
thing that can meaningfully be called "a" Tea Party, the author of
this piece at least makes a thoughtful attempt to understand what's
In the end, despite apparently coming close to an admirable level of
understanding, he fails and falls into the twin traps of, let's call
it, de rigueur "communitarian" dogma and the typical, quietly
hysterical hand-wringing about what all these angry people might do to
unmake the grand but decaying and futile communitarian experiment.
Or is this a fail? On second thought, likely not...
Demagoguery at its finest; strikes just the right balance between
apparently-erudite analysis and subtle dogmatic messaging. Fear-
mongering and shadow-boxing propaganda delivered in lecturn-voice.
Bravo! Long live the Ministry of Truth!
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