Want to Understand the Tea Party? Look to How They See Themselves

This map comes from the U.S.Census Bureau (and thanks, Rodger Cunningham, for alerting me to it). It is based on self-reporting on the 2000 census. What is fascinating to me is the number of people who identified themselves simply as "American." Their location covers almost all of Appalachia and, I suspect, if you took out "African … Continue reading Want to Understand the Tea Party? Look to How They See Themselves

What Is Behind the Shutdown… and Why Is the Tea Party So Unapologetic?

What happens when there are two major cultures in a country, and one feels that, though they represent the real spirit of the country, they are being pretty much ignored by its rulers? Lots of things can, from protest to revolution. We've just seen a rather unusual one, though completely appropriate (in the eyes of … Continue reading What Is Behind the Shutdown… and Why Is the Tea Party So Unapologetic?

The Resilience on the Right

My grandfather once told me that I could be proud that no one in our family had been in jail or on the county. I’m not sure which he thought was worse, being locked up or accepting handouts, but they were both near the bottom of his list: they were individual failings, one's own fault. … Continue reading The Resilience on the Right

Trust, Education, and the Irony of the Tea Party

Andrew Milton, of the blog Speaking of Education, writes:law, contracts, lawyers and all have come to be the mechanism by which problems get solved. One result is that we more and more rely on external authorities (the state paramount among them) to decide on best outcomes and mandate their pursuit.It's an inexorable process. The authority … Continue reading Trust, Education, and the Irony of the Tea Party

Inside the Net

For a quarter of a century, I generally traveled rough. Not at the level of the homeless, but close enough to share, occasionally, their sleeping places, their means of getting about, their ways of finding food. Generally, when moving about, I was below the safety net—and did suffer its lack. Police were not friends to … Continue reading Inside the Net