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Old 10-23-2011, 10:38 PM   #1
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Default OWS/Tea Party Intersect

http://howconservativesdrovemeaway.b...tea-party.html


Occupy Wall Street vs. The Tea Party
If I may dig up one of my all-time favorite Onion articles:

79 Percent Of Americans Missing The Point Entirely
WASHINGTON, DC—According to a Georgetown University study released Tuesday, 79 percent of Americans are missing the point entirely with regard to such wide-ranging topics as politics, consumerism, taxes, entertainment, fashion, and professional wrestling. . . .

I've been trying to organize my thoughts about the coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests, not to mention the protests themselves, and I keep coming back to that Onion article,[1] because any way I look at it, just about everyone is missing the point.

The problem, and I suppose this was inevitable, is that Occupy Wall Street is being portrayed as some kind of anti-Tea Party. Left vs. right, blue vs. red, rock vs. country, et cetera—it's the only way we know how to draw battle lines anymore. But how are the two movements meaningfully different? I sure as hell can't figure it out. There are plenty of minor differences, mostly concerning priorities and demographics, but the similarities are much more substantial. Both are popular uprisings against powerful-but-nebulous entities believed to be responsible for America's economic struggles. Both are defined not by easily-identified leaders, but by the sum total of countless unique viewpoints, and thus are not capable of articulating their goals with any cohesiveness or specificity (nor should they be expected to). And both movements, to borrow the classification scheme created by Bill O'Reilly, are teeming with both pinheads and patriots.

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The government = the large corporations = fascism.

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A traditional view of the political spectrum as discussed in the mainstream and indoctrinated by pedagogues into the minds of millions of unsuspecting children, teens and college graduates :



A true view of the political spectrum as it has existed throughout history:

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I don't agree with that spectrum either.
I think the following is more accurate



Unfortunately, both tax funded parties are down at the bottom.
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I don't agree with that spectrum either.
I think the following is more accurate



Unfortunately, both tax funded parties are down at the bottom.
Isn't the bottom image in post #3 saying the same thing as in post #4 -only expressed from left to right versus an offset square?
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Isn't the bottom image in post #3 saying the same thing as in post #4 -only expressed from left to right versus an offset square?

The square has two axis. One is economic freedoms, the other axis is personal freedoms.

A line doesn't take into account that someone may be economically conservative and socially liberal (or the other way around.)

The one at the bottom of your post only takes into account the personal freedom aspect.
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