You should join the (real) Tea Party, right now

The Occupy Wall Street protests are an expression of the true spirit of the original Boston Tea Party. Historically, it is a gross oversimplification to say that these genuine, old school Tea Baggers were protesting high taxes. They were protesting a corporation, the East India Trading Company, who was in bed with the British government and were working together for the corporate domination by that one company. For more, see this fairly short article: Top Five Reasons Why the Occupy Wall Street Protests Embody the Values of the Real Boston Tea Party.

Next, click over here, to the We are the 99 Percent blog. As those of you who read my blog know, one of my deep concerns, politically, is with the domination of the wealthy upper class and the massive inequality in the United States. Many liberals have been disappointed with the failure of the Obama administration to enact any substantive change in our nation during the last four years. While there is certainly blame enough for the President, it is also true that we leftists, lovers of liberty and equality, have been fairly comfortable and haven’t pushed and pressured the nation to move left. As a result, she keeps going right, and inequality continues to grow. The rich have recovered from the recession, but the rest of us have not. That’s why I’m a fan of “We are the 99 percent” and other protest movements.

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Jonathan Erdman

Writer. In the summers, I live and work in the incredible state of Alaska, in the bush community of McCarthy, as the Executive Director of the Wrangell Mountain Center. When not in McCarthy, you'll typically find me in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California, writing and working with local activists. My primary writing project right now is a novel set in remote bush Alaska, of the magical realism genre wherein an earnest and independent young woman finds a mysterious radio belonging to her grandmother, a device that has paranormal bandwidth and a disturbing ability to mess with one's mental stability.

3 thoughts on “You should join the (real) Tea Party, right now”

  1. “What these people are doing is building, for lack of a better word, a church of dissent. It’s not a march, though marches are spinning off of the campground. It’s not even a protest, really. It is a group of people, gathered together, to create a public space seeking meaning in their culture. They are asserting, together, to each other and to themselves, “we matter”.

    Meaning is a fundamental human need. The act of politicization, of building any movement, is based on individual, and then group self-confidence. As Daniel Ellsberg said, “courage is contagious”. I’m reminded of how Howard Dean campaign worker and current law professor Zephyr Teachout characterized the early antiwar blogosphere and then-radical campaign of Dean, as church-like in their community-building elements. That’s what #OccupyWallStreet reminded me of. Even the general assemblies, where people would speak, and others would respond, had a rhythmic quality to them, similar to churches or synagogues I’ve attended.”

    – from Matt Stoller here.


  2. Thanks for sharing the link and quote.

    I think that this sense of shared solidarity/fellowship/communion is one of the primary reasons that I still have hope for religion. I’m not sure where else in society a person can investigate his/her life (to live more richly and generously), become more self-actualized, celebrate “meaning as a fundamental need,” seek to change the world in a positive way, and do all these things within the context of an encouraging community who aims to collective celebrate these things. My point is not to act as apologist for religion. Clearly the current “church of dissent” seems to be accomplishing at least some (if not all) of these things. And I would not suggest that one needs religion to accomplish these things. It is simply the inherited language of the human race that many people are used to.

    Any plans to attend protests or “churches of dissent” in your area, John?


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