Just to get the morning started, check out David Brooks today in The Times:
“But the Tea Partiers are closer to the New Left. They don’t seek to form a counter-establishment because they don’t believe in establishments or in authority structures. They believe in the spontaneous uprising of participatory democracy. They believe in mass action and the politics of barricades, not in structure and organization. As one activist put it recently on a Tea Party blog: “We reject the idea that the Tea Party Movement is ‘led’ by anyone other than the millions of average citizens who make it up.”
I’m fascinated by the way we insist on labeling ourselves and each other. We obsessed with fitting people into groups and making sure we know how to compare/contrast our culture. It’s also interesting how the labels liberal and conservative have stuck with certain groups but the groups have moved beyond the true liberal/conservative definitions. Conservatives are now looking for radical change and liberals are now hoping for continued, determined progress. Funny how things change. Once again, I appreciate Brooks’ perspective and ability to bring interesting discussion to the forefront.