[FoRK] "Two faces of the Tea Party"

Jeff Bone jbone at place.org
Wed Jun 23 14:37:23 PDT 2010

Forgot to mention... All angry, reactionary anti-establishment  
"movements" start out looking very extreme and very fractured and  
inconsistent.  This has been true for at least the last several  
centuries.  If you want to see what their identity will be once the  
fragments gel and they acquire a common identity, you merely have to  
search for the common principles that thread their way among the  
various parts.  Search for the mean, discarding the outliers.  As  
mainstreaming occurs, this will happen naturally.

If you perform this filtering over most of the various TP factions,  
you'll discover something not so extreme.

It's worth noting that "libertarianism" itself has many strains and  
factions, has for decades, yet has never managed the motivation,  
effort, or pragmatism necessary to effectively perform this filtering  
function on itself.  If its various parts gravitate toward the various  
TPs, and the TPs gel enough to infiltrate the GOP, the net result  
should be a far more focused and effective alternative to big-gov GOP,  
the neocon-fascist GOP, the theocratic GOP, the historically  
ineffective establishment Dems, or the increasingly reactionary  
democratic-socialist wing of the Dems presently ascendant.


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