The Tea Party Movement and its contradictions: the story of a street protest movement with elite origins, a maverick movement with loss on its mind, an outsider group with insider claims, a non-political organisation with clear party connections.
Did the Tea Party Movement come into being in February 2009? Or perhaps in response to the civil rights movements of the 1960s, or in the 1840s, or maybe during the French Revolution … And what of its claims to a connection to the Revolutionary War?
As the US moves towards its 2012 Presidential Elections, the Tea Party Movement remains an influential not-quite-third-party force. On Rear Vision today, we try to get a handle on its origins.
Jenny Beth Martin, Cofounder and National Coordinator, Tea Party Patriots
Clare Corbould, Historian. Larkins Fellow, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University
Corey Robin, Associate Professor of Politics, Brooklyn College, New York. Author of The Reactionary Mind.
Geoffrey Dunn, Investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker. Contributor to the Huffington Post. Author of, The Lies of Sarah Palin.
Corey Robin blog - (http://coreyrobin.com/)
Geoffrey Dunn on the Huffington Post - (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/geoffrey-dunn)
Tea Party Patriots - (http://www.teapartypatriots.org/)
Title: The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism from Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin
Author: Corey Robin
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2011
Title: The Lies of Sarah Palin: the untold story behind her relentless quest for power
Author: Geoffrey Dunn
Publisher: Scribe, 2011
CD title: Music of the American Revolution: The birth of liberty
Track title: Track 1: The Brickmaker’s March
Artist: American Fife Ensemble
Publishing/Copyright: New World REcords, NY, 1976
CD title: Soundtrack to Liberty: The American Revolution, PBS TV Series
Track title: ‘Johny Has Gone for a Soldier’
Artist: James Taylor & Mark O’Connor
Publishing/Copyright: Sony Classics
CD title: We’ll Never Turn Back
Track title: ‘On My Way’
Artist: Mavis Staples
Publishing/Copyright: ANTI/ Shock Records, 2007