The Tea Party's Short Sip
“The Tea Party Jacobins” by Mark Lilla, in The New York Review of Books, May 27, 2010.
Populist movements of days past aimed to seize political power and use it for the benefit of “the people.” Not so with today’s Tea Party, observes Columbia University humanities professor Mark Lilla. It seeks to neutralize, not use, political power. It has only one thing to say: “I want to be left alone.”