What do Occupy and the Tea Party have in Common? More than you Might Think.

In an article entitled “The Six Principles of the New Populism (and the Establishment’s Nightmare)” Robert Reich outlines six points of agreement between “Occupy” leftists and the “Tea Party” right:

[Editor’s note: We only took the first few sentences of each point, follow the link to read the entire article.]

1. Cut the biggest Wall Street banks down to a size where they’re no longer too big to fail. Left populists have been advocating this since the Street’s bailout now they’re being joined by populists on the right.

2. Resurrect the Glass-Steagall Act, separating investment from commercial banking and thereby preventing companies from gambling with their depositors’ money. Elizabeth Warren has introduced such legislation, and John McCain co-sponsored it. Tea Partiers are strongly supportive, and critical of establishment Republicans for not getting behind it.

3. End corporate welfare – including subsidies to big oil, big agribusiness, big pharma, Wall Street, and the Ex-Im Bank. Populists on the left have long been urging this; right-wing populists are joining in.

4. Stop the National Security Agency from spying on Americans. Bernie Sanders and other populists on the left have led this charge but right-wing populists are close behind. House Republican Justin Amash’s amendment, that would have defunded NSA programs engaging in bulk-data collection, garnered 111 Democrats and 94 Republicans last year, highlighting the new populist divide in both parties.

5. Scale back American interventions overseas. Populists on the left have long been uncomfortable with American forays overseas. Rand Paul is leaning in the same direction. Paul also tends toward conspiratorial views about American interventionism.

6. Oppose trade agreements crafted by big corporations. Two decades ago Democrats and Republicans enacted the North American Free Trade Agreement. Since then populists in both parties have mounted increasing opposition to such agreements. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, drafted in secret by a handful of major corporations, is facing so strong a backlash from both Democrats and tea party Republicans that it’s nearly dead.

[Read the entire piece at robertreich.org]


4 Comments on "What do Occupy and the Tea Party have in Common? More than you Might Think."

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Oct 20, 2014 at 9:51 am |

    This would be encouraging, if true.

    However, I have my doubts about the accuracy of assertion #2. I’ve never met a Tea Bagger who thought of regulation as anything other than a sin against Ronald Reagan. To tell the truth, I’m not sure they even believe in highway speed limits or school cross walks.

    • Yeah, despite them being sympathetic to some aspect of these 6 points, their solution is always the same: The FREE MARKET will fix that.

  2. happypedro | Oct 20, 2014 at 2:16 pm |

    That list applies to far many more people than just Tea Party and Occupy people. Most Americans would agree with that list. Beyond that, the reason why Tea Party and Occupy people might have some analysis/views in common is that there are certain things which are just obviously true and good. The solutions that the Tea Party and the Occupy people hold, however, are vastly different. Tea Party: no government, quite often exclusive (racist tendencies), emphasis on competition, etc. Occupy: consensus building, inclusive, emphasis on cooperation, etc.

  3. happypedro | Oct 20, 2014 at 2:35 pm |

    Also, what is presented here is a warping of the original article. The original article talks about common ground among new populism, not what Tea Party and Occupy people have in common. In fact, the word “occupy” is not mentioned at all in the article. The Tea Party is mentioned, but it´s within the context of the general popular movement. So the title and presentation of this version of the article here on DisInfo is misleading. The simple fact is there are more and more people waking up to the fact that, as Elizabeth Warren put it, “the system is rigged.” But things were set up this way from the very beginning by our “Founding Fathers”… http://www.iefd.org/articles/constitution_for_the_few.php The “elites” have been at this game for a long time. But they are also sick with the Disease Of MORE. True abundance is being truly satisfied with enough. Eat a super delicious meal, you finish, you are satisified. To eat 10 more meals without stopping immediately after finishing that first one and you´ll get sick. That´s the disease of more. And the “elites,” sick with the disease of more, will keep pushing for more — more wealth, more power, more control for themselves — which will eventually lead to enough people waking up. Might be too late, the world will probably be too destroyed by then. But perhaps the sociopathic “elites” will have their “let them have cake and eat it, too” attitudes silenced as they were in the past, and a new populism will finally wrest the boots of the oppressors off the faces of the common good.

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