…So wonders Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion. I believe that the answer is the same as what happens to any cargo cult organization designed to fake a genuinely populist sentiment fails (as they usually do): it withers and dies, and then vultures pick at the corpse.
Besides, this new Eff Tea group is really much more suitable for the Online Left: no need for a movement, anything resembling actual participation, or even a more elaborate message. Just buy the T-shirt and m0ve, as they say, on.
It’s very exciting to see. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you:
- The I’ll bet I can find 1,000,000 people who think music education is important party;
- The Addicted to Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn party;
- And the Jeremy Clarkson should be Prime Minister party*.
What? That’s legitimate… by Newsweek standards, at least. Sure, they’re Facebook groups, but so is the Coffee Party, frankly – and all three of said groups have memberships between 2x and 3x that of the Coffee Party Facegroup’s of 200K, so if it’s legitimate for the one’s Facebook strength to be taken seriously than I insist that we – and more importantly, Newsweek – do the same for the above movements, too.
Or we could maybe, I don’t know, possibly not pretend that a group’s Facebook strength is necessarily indicative of anything useful? – and I cannot believe that I have to point this out to a print magazine.
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Is ‘potlatching’ even a word?
(Via Big Government) It’s interesting to see the difference between intent and result in this Washington Post article on a quote-unquote ‘Coffee Party’ that’s ready to take to the streets on behalf of the Left. It’s not really quotable, but the gist of the article is that there’s this movement that showed up in reaction to the Tea Party folks and is trying to duplicate their success. Slow going, but it’s early days – and besides, aren’t both groups looking for the same thing, really?
That’s intent. The result is a tacit admission that the Tea Parties have pretty much brushed aside the existing, decades-old infrastructure of Lefty activist groups to become the standard by which community activism is judged. I imagine that this would probably upset, say, somebody who’s been throwing money at groups like Moveon.org or CAP or the undead, unlamented ACORN; it must purely grate to know that all the funding in the world won’t create a genuine populist movement when there’s no true popular will behind it. Not that these Coffee Party people are the answer, either: they’re just a bunch of reactionary defenders of the existing self-defined privileged class who are attempting to create a false revolutionary consciousness.
…You know, I wrote that out first as a joke; but that really is what they are, isn’t it?
Crossposted to RedState.