The Rise of the Tea Party

The Rise of the Tea Party

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What to make of the Tea Party? To some, it is a grassroots movementaiming to reclaim an out-of-touch government for the people.To others, it is a proto-fascist organization of the misinformed andmanipulated lower middle class. Either way, it is surely one of themost significant forms of reaction in the age of Obama. In this definitive socio-political analysis of the Tea Party, AnthonyDiMaggio examines the Tea Party phenomenon, using a vast arrayof primary and secondary sources as well as first-hand observation.He traces the history of the Tea Party and analyzes its organizationalstructure, membership, ideological coherence, and relationship tothe mass media. And, perhaps most importantly, he asks: is it reallya movement or just a form of a€œmanufactured dissenta€ engineeredby capital? DiMaggioa€™s conclusions are thoroughly documented, surprising, and bring much needed clarity to a highly controversialsubject.After leaving Congress, Armey became the head of Freedom Works.77 As Armeya#39;s Tea Party allies publicly rallied against the bailout, Armey quietly lobbied on behalf of corporations like CarMax for loan subsidies from the Troubled Assets anbsp;...

Title:The Rise of the Tea Party
Author:Anthony DiMaggio
Publisher:NYU Press - 2012-11-01


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