Mark Lilla has written a new article which takes a rather condescending if sometimes insightful view on the tea parties. As is always the case with Lilla these days, you don't know whether his self-representation as a mainstream liberal is sincere or tactical.
Lilla thinks that "metastasizing" libertarian spirit "is the deepest reason why public reaction to the crash of 2008 and the election of Barack Obama took a populist turn and the Tea Party movement caught on.".
Well maybe that has something to do with it - but Lilla gives no consideration to the role of Obama and his policies. This is particularly shocking as the article starts by revisiting Lilla's old thesis that the "sixties" and the Reagan Revolution are both irreversible fait accompli. Supporters as well as critics of Obama see his economic policies as an attempt to reverse the Reagan Revolution.
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