Why the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street Movements Are Allies, Not Enemies
For the past few decades Americans have lived in a political atmosphere of polarization. We’ve been given the choice of supporting either a social welfare state or corporatist warfare state, ostensibly with no middle ground. As moderation falls by the wayside, our political system is ever more resembling a plutocracy at best. Although politicians and the mainstream media have endeavored to paint the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements as polar opposites, the two groups share an important foundation that cannot be overlooked.
Both free-market proponents at Reason Magazine and bloggers at liberal powerhouse The Huffington Post are wondering just how different the two movements really are. The parallels have been drawn across independent media, from “An open letter from a former Tea Party adherent to the Occupy Wall Street movement,” to a now viral venn-diagram from blogger James Sinclair illustrating the root similarities between the two groups.
While each camp may vary in their reasoning, the substance of their qualms are clear: banks were bailed out on the taxpayer's dime and government-subsidized corporations and medical cartels are raking in the dollars as the average American sees their standard of living plummet. All the while the nation continues to fight costly wars overseas. These are non-partisan issues that the political elite and mainstream media are determined to paint in a partisan light, perhaps because polarization benefits the very entities that both the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party protest movements feel the most exploited by: politicians and corporatists.Continued on the next page