29 April 2009

Tea partisans

Via Infinite Perplexity, I learn that Andrew Levison at The Democratic Strategist reflects on the ordinary citizens who attended “tea party” protests on tax day and concludes that they aren't the Movement Conservatives that the Republican party would hope for.
For Democrats, the key to understanding the outlook of this “small-town traditional” group is to recognize that it is not the expression of the standard, “institutional” conservative ideology of the Heritage Foundation and University of Chicago. On the contrary, it is an authentically “grass roots” perspective rooted in a “common sense” understanding of economic affairs that arises from practical experience in the world of small business. The Americans who embrace this view have never read Milton Friedman or attended any formal lectures in their lives. Their philosophy is sustained by the informal exchange of ideas with friends, neighbors and co-workers and is derived from daily life in “the real world” as it appears to many average Americans.

At the core of this view are a cluster of ideas that can best be summed up as “pre-Keynesian.” It is an approach that is unified by the idea that that government should be run according to the same principles that apply to running a small business.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've been waiting for this article for most of my life. No hyperbole.