posted on Aug, 31 2011 @ 03:59 PM
In this thread I hope to warn libertarians about the Tea Party's real agenda.
The economic policy of the Tea Party revolves around one thing and one thing only; job creation. In this sense they are no different from the Obama
Administration in its emphasis on creating jobs so that lower- and middle-class American families can afford to consume goods, thus stimulating the
economy by generating demand. The key difference is that the government believes that jobs can be created through positive intervention in the
economy. The Tea Party, on the other hand, takes up the Neoconservative banner of "job creators" and reifies the wealthy. Let's look at the popular
demands of Tea Partiers on this site and in the news media.
1. Slash corporate taxes.
This policy relieves America's largest businesses of their tax burdens. According to the Tea Party, this means that their bottom lines will be
improved and they will be able to hire more workers and expand their enterprises. The Tea Party line is that taxes are so restrictive and so high that
businesses are unable to hire; government is restricting the natural growth of the free market.
2. Abolish income taxes.
This policy has much the same effect as the one above, but has the added populist benefit of removing the citizens' tax burdens. These two
policies effectively coincide with the third...
3. Abolish the Federal Reserve.
For the Tea Party, this policy has several key effects. It prevents the government from interfering in the economy by generating inflation. Tea
Partiers (or at least everybody's favourite ATS poster, neo96) believe that inflation destroys the value of the wealth held by massive corporations
and the rich. Apparently the rich hold all of their investments in the form of cash! Removing the Fed also involves repealing the 16th Amendment,
which grants Congress the power to levy an income tax. Depriving the state of its economic control and its revenue-generating abilities has this key
4. Minarchism: demolish the state and leave only a stump.
To Tea Party economic theory, the state exists only as a hindrance. Its intervention in the eocnomy is always seen as interference with wholly
negative effects. Raising taxes means depriving 'job creators' of money that they would otherwise generously bestow upon their employees. Inflation
and currency devaluation are supposed to weaken the purchasing power of individuals and corporations. Government regulations, above all, stand in the
way of a truly free market and the utopia that Tea Partiers believe it embodies. By starving the state, they would devolve more power to the super
wealthy, the 'job creators.'
The anti-tax minarchism of the Tea Party has as its chief goal the liberation of businesses from any sort of government intervention. This effectively
grants massive corporations unlimited powers and permits enormous, anti-competitive monopolies. They can drive any and all small businesses out of the
market through vicious policies; they can destroy the entrepreneurialism of the middle class and assimilate all wealth into their own coffers. At this
point, Tea Partiers believe, the 'job creators' at the top of the pyramid will not longer be threatened by losses to their bottom line and will
start hiring en masse, to exploit the vast unused labour resources of the country.
The irony in this is that "government can't create jobs" and "don't depend on the government" are mantras of the same people who think that it
is a good idea to depend on corporate employers to provide them with a wage.
The social policy of the Tea Party is largely driven by Christian Conservatism, as embodied by Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry and Sarah Palin. As we
shall see, all of these policies revolve around the ideal of making America stronger. We will see what this means.
Homosexuality is despised by conservatives because, they claim, it undermines and destroys the traditional family and traditional family values.
New family types can emerge when strict heterosexual monogamy is not enforced. The other dimension of this homophobia was described by Richard Nixon
in the White House tapes; homosexuality makes society weaker. There is the obvious stereotype of effeminate men, of course, but this is a much deeper
concern for conservatives. Homosexuality is a degenerate mental disorder, something that is a choice or a disease to be cured and not a valid way of
life. This is why conservatives love ex-gay therapy. 'Curing' homosexuality strengthens America by protecting the traditional family and producing
legions of tough, macho men.
2. Family Values.
Family values are the vaguely-defined set of norms that make the traditional American family sustainable. These include the obedience of wives to
husbands, the obedience of children to parents, the rejection of divorce, the enforcement of strict heterosexual monogamy, and the absolute
intervention of parents in the lives of their children. The traditional American family is a militant institution. It is a top-down hierarchy in which
children have no rights or freedoms. They are inferior to their parents and are regarded under law as mentally and physically incompetent. Wives are
regarded as inferior to their husbands, who hold the prestige position of 'breadwinner.' The entire institution is held together by the oath of
marriage, which the children have no part in but are subjected to anyway. Wives are to be domestic and to care for the husband's children and home
while he pursues greater prestige at his place of employment. It is a penal institution where corporal punishment is required and strict discipline
3. Reification of the military.
The Tea Party loves the army. They love soldiery and the uniformity of military life. Military life instills 'values' and 'discipline' and
'respect' in soldiers. It breeds out inferior personality traits and transforms ordinary men into REAL men, and fierce patriots. No matter what they
are engaged in, no matter how they conduct themselves, the armed forces of the United States are regarded as heroes to be admired and imitated. Their
individual identities are of no account, only the group identity of the military. This ensures that homosexuality, which reduces martial morale in the
eyes of the Tea Party, is rooted out for the sake of the institution and its sacred moral mission.
4. Islamophopbia and Religious Revivalism.
The central power in Tea Party social policy is Christian morality and the Church. The Church as an institution is used to reproduce Christian
morals by indoctrinating the youth of America. This code of conduct is the source of all Tea Party policy, and that of many other groups besides. The
fear and hatred of Muslims is bred in Christian conservatives so that they believe that the Church is under immanent threat from a heretical outsider.
Atheism is used as a similar bogeyman, to rile up the faithful into believing that their way of life faces extinction unless they take drastic action.
The Church uses militant metaphors and passages from the Bible to emphasize this, for example referring to the 'sword' of the Gospel in the Book of
Revelation. Christian militarism is conflated with the US armed forces, and all other social policies are based around this desire to enforce
Christian morals. The Church, in effect, is the moral backing of a militant society championed by the Tea Party.