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Originally written on April 19, 2010

There has been so much discussion, derision and general hoopla concerning the so-called “tea party movement” as of late, I thought I might share some of my insights into this quasi cultural phenomenon.

Now, when I think of a tea party, the first thing that comes to mind is a few six year old girls sitting around pretending to pour and sip tea, usually with some stuffed animals enjoying the party as well. I suppose when I get into a historical type of mindset, the Boston Tea Party comes to mind; this is the allegorical reference inferred by the modern tea party movement. For a refresher on eighteenth century American history: this was a symbolic act of protest to the unfair taxes levied against the colonists who had no representation or self-determination despite paying these taxes. continue reading…

Originally written on April 1, 2010

As an individual with a good grasp of twentieth century American Political history, the era of McCarthyism and the so called “red menace” has always been of particular interest. It has always seemed fascinating to me how certain ideas and social movements can be so polarizing due to the manipulation of said ideas and movements by a power structure that feels threatened when we, as American citizens, exercise our right to demand equality as guaranteed by the Constitution. Throughout the twentieth century, especially the latter half, Communism/Socialism has been a particularly effective tag to place on anyone who believes that we are guaranteed certain “inalienable rights.” These rights include: a sustainable wage for production (work); the right to shelter; the right to education and a right to elect representatives who truly represent the people who voted them into office rather than a small cadre of wealthy individuals or institutions who would lose their stranglehold on wealth and power if the majority were actually given these rights.

It is the idea of Communism that frightens those who control the means of production. In a simple Marxian context, the workers would control the means of production, meaning they control themselves, rather than the wealthy controlling the rest of us in order to exploit and maintain their control. It isn’t my intention to give a “dummy’s” guide to Communism, nor am I defending the historical realities of the failures of so-called Communist nations such as the USSR. My intent is to bridge the historical American fear of Communism/Socialism as an idea and instrument of change to the current, though recycled, hysteria that surrounds such ideas as “universal healthcare.” continue reading…

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