We’ve discussed before how the tea party — here and elsewhere — has made anti-intellectualism its rallying cry, but Alternet.org — providing an excerpt from a book “Griftopia” by Matt Taibbi — does a good job of explaining the group’s strategy. The article is here.
“Our world isn’t about ideology anymore. It’s about complexity. We live in a complex bureaucratic state with complex laws and complex business practices, and the few organizations with the corporate will power to master these complexities will inevitably own the political power,” according to the article. “On the other hand, movements like the Tea Party more than anything else reflect a widespread longing for simpler times and simple solutions — just throw the U.S. Constitution at the whole mess and everything will be jake.
“For immigration, build a big fence. Abolish the Federal Reserve, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Education.”
By rallying behind Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman, the tea party has made anti-intellectualism itself a rallying cry. It adds: “The tea party is arguing against the very idea that it’s even necessary to ask the questions you need to ask to grasp bubble economics.”
Around, here people like Todd Juvinall are good “foot soldiers” for the cause, for the same reason.