What Is The Tea Party, And Do They Matter?

What is the Publius Society?

Second question first:

The Publius Society,” writes Cip Sinton, this year’s mayordomo of the organization, “is an all-partisan, monthly intellectual discursive club of students and  professors that attempts to tackle the issues of today with a depth and from angles not normally found in cafes and lecture halls.”  Publius engages in intellectual sparring, sort of like political boxing for smart people but a tad more civil than Ali-Frazier. We dress nice, talk pretty and venture to find some truth in a world that often lacks it.”

THIS MONTHS QUESTION: What Is The Tea Party, And Do They Matter?

“Some say Tea-Partiers represent a unique populist constitutionalism. Others contend they are angry commoners, who are rising up against Elites and their power structure. But perhaps they are libertarians who are being used to reignite the culture wars? Some on the left, applying Umberto Eco, think they are crypto-Fascist. Or wait, is that supposed to be some on the right, applying Hofstader, think they are merely psuedo-conservative?”

Publius meetings are open to the public; come join the AHI family for a rousing conversation at the AHI’s headquarters.  Refreshments will be served.

Come armed with the following readings:

Tea Party Jacobins –http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/may/27/tea-party-jacobins/

The Psuedo-Conservative Revolt – http://www.theamericanscholar.org/the-pseudo-conservative-revolt/

Beyond the Tea Party – http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/beyond-tea-party

Eternal Fascism: 14 Ways of Looking At a Blackshirt -http://www.themodernword.com/eco/eco_blackshirt.html

Populist Constitutionalism and the Tea Party –http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/02/populist_constitutionalism_and.html

Tea Time in America – http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/wolf21/English

For Hamilton students who need a ride, cars will be at the KJ Circle at 5:45 pm.