Liberty or Death
"Conservatives" are organizing Tea Parties for tax day, April 15th, so they can express their outrage at Big Government. This is sad/funny in that patriotic, fervent way only Americans can be. ( Now that the Germans are chastised) Clutching their Bills of Rights they will gather en mass on courthouse lawns to defend Freedom and Liberty and try to resurrect that simpler, more innocent time. They will arrive in their Toyota's and leave in their Toyota's and there will be no revolt, no liberty, no death.
There are many points of departure for explaining the general state of cognitive dissonance (and particular tea party charades )but Ellen Meisken Wood, as quoted by Richard Seymour at the end of his worthwhile book The Liberal Defense of Murder, nails it pretty succinctly when she writes : "capitalism does not need formal political inequities - rather, domination and class rule are expressed as rights, specifically as property rights."
The original Tea Party was a "revolt" by the merchant class over terms of trade, identified as Independence or the "right" to self-determination. It extended to the slave trade, sugar ,cotton, salt, etc. and to what today was supposed to be an orderly,global system of disciplined nation-states. All of which requires constant and open ended intervention (check book or the cruise missile) veiled by democratic and egalitarian ideologies. The "patriots" out this way consider property rights sacred, would kill or die over someone trespassing on their miserable little plot of land. Tea parties can turn ugly.
I just went back and read the final comments on the "Spectre" post. Another great discussion everyone ,thanks. We have to look into the Time thing. We Pareconists want to reward based on sacrifice but what do workers sacrifice but '"leisure time"? I hate punching in. I have never worn a watch.( It has caused me some grief ). On the river we don't have clocks, very liberating for my clients.