Reform Is Not A Tea Party
Against The Current vol. 143

The Editors

Publisher:  Against The Current
Date Written:  01/11/2009
Year Published:  2009  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX13565

The Nobel peace price notwithstanding, Barack Obama’s presidency, contrary to the hopes of many, has not produced a big political space for the left, let alone “a seat at the table.” Most visibly, it has been the right wing that succeeded in seizing the initiative, in some truly grotesque ways that have thrown a spotlight on the deep paranoia — and straight-up old-style white racism — that persists in this society, and on the ways it can be opportunistically pandered to and manipulated. The tea-party mob phenomenon, however, cannot be dismissed as merely a freak show created by rightwing talk media and massive covert corporate funding, although that is certainly part of the story.

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