I originally posted this late in 2011 in response to Occupy and its backlash. I think it is still very relevant. I am re-posting it now as I am formulating a follow-up which encompasses the fall of Occupy, the insurrection of Sanders, and Trumpism.
Populist movements are a common theme in the American lineage, history books are replete with their rise and fall. Still it is interesting to see two populist movements arise within a few years of each other. The Tea Party Movement, often associated with the political right, and the Occupy movement, generally associated with the political left.
Much can, and often is, made of the differences typified by these two movements. In the simplest of terms, Tea Party can be generalized by the slogan “guns, glory, and god”; meanwhile, Occupy can be generalized by its anti-capitalist beliefs. Of course this over simplification debases both of these movements.
Let’s begin with Tea Party. Whether it grew out of Ron Paul’s 2008 campaign for the presidency or if the Koch brothers invented it is immaterial to our present discussion. We can understand its roots in the causes that it first championed. The first…
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