Progressive Citizen Journalism Project:
Covering Tea Party Populism
Researching Tea Parties, Town Halls, & Right-Wing Populism
In many cases the folks in these movements are our neighbors; sometimes they are our relatives…maybe even our friends.
There tends to be more White people involved; and these folks are overwhelmingly conservative and usually vote Republican even if they describe themselves as “independent.” They tend to earn more than the average American. In most ways, however, the people attracted to the tea party movement reflect the background demographics of our society. Polling statistics are frequently abused by political spin doctors on both sides of the political sepctrum. It is true than on average supporters of the Tea Party movement tend to earn more income than the baseline demographic in the United States. However, that does not mean that all supporters of the Tea Party movement earn more income than thethe national average. So there are many working class supporters of the Tea Party movement, and based on anecdotal observation, at least some of them are members of labor unions.
Like many newly-created social movements, the Tea Party Movement is still in a process of developing its frames, narratives, and issue boundaries. Ideologically it is still in tension, with an awkward amalgam of ideological positions cobbled together from several preexisting formations on the political right.
Robert Reich explained the roots of the current wave of right-wing populism:
This training resource is designed to help you be a constructive and productive part of Progressive Citizen Journalists covering the Tea Party movement. The trainings are contained in three sections:
Democracy is a process, not a specific set of institutions
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