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Are Tea occasion supporters purely a bunch of conservative voters thinking about executive spending? Or are they racists who refuse to simply accept Barack Obama as their president simply because he’s no longer white? swap They Can’t think In deals an alternate argument—that the Tea social gathering is pushed via the reemergence of a reactionary circulate in American politics that's fueled through a terror that the United States has replaced for the more severe. offering various unique proof and wealthy graphics of occasion sympathizers in addition to activists, Christopher Parker and Matt Barreto convey that the belief that the United States is at risk at once informs how Tea celebration supporters imagine and act.

In a brand new afterword, Parker and Barreto think of the Tea Party’s fresh projects, together with the 2013 executive shutdown, and evaluation their customers for the 2016 election.

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By Christopher S. Parker, Matt A. Barreto

Are Tea occasion supporters purely a bunch of conservative voters thinking about executive spending? Or are they racists who refuse to simply accept Barack Obama as their president simply because he’s no longer white? swap They Can’t think In deals an alternate argument—that the Tea social gathering is pushed via the reemergence of a reactionary circulate in American politics that's fueled through a terror that the United States has replaced for the more severe. offering various unique proof and wealthy graphics of occasion sympathizers in addition to activists, Christopher Parker and Matt Barreto convey that the belief that the United States is at risk at once informs how Tea celebration supporters imagine and act.

In a brand new afterword, Parker and Barreto think of the Tea Party’s fresh projects, together with the 2013 executive shutdown, and evaluation their customers for the 2016 election.

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Our analysis of the Klan and the JBS suggests the economy was more stable than in the present climate. At the height of the Klan’s reign in the 1920s, the real per capita gross domestic product (GDP) increased every year from 1921 through 1929. While unemployment spiked in 1921 at 9 percent, by 1926 it had declined to 4 percent. During the height of the JBS, in the early 1960s, real per capita GDP rose each year from 1960 to 1965, and unemployment for the decade averaged 5 percent. This suggests that economic decline 3 4 chapte r 1 is not a necessary condition for the rise of right-­wing movements.

As we mentioned, these currents have been part of the American social and political milieu from the beginning. Indeed, we freely acknowledge that a commitment to conservative principles may well be associated with sympathy for the Tea Party. Similarly, we think it likely that hostility (resentment, anger), largely based on intolerant attitudes though not exclusively so, also motivates people to support the Tea Party. Still, we think there’s room for an alternative understanding of Tea Party support, one that stands analytically To ward a The o ry o f the Te a Party 2 1 apart from politics and racism, though for all practical purposes may be related to both.

Toward a Theory of the Tea Party So far, we have argued the possibility that right-­wing movements are, at least in part, reactions to a perceived slip in the To ward a The o ry o f the Te a Party 3 5 dominance of their group. However, we think it necessary to provide a mechanism by which this takes place. We have already outlined an approach we think works well to explain the emergence of right-­wing movements in general, but we’ve yet to explain the Tea Party’s reaction to Obama. 38 In like fashion, we also take a symbolic politics approach (something we explain below) as a means of understanding the sources and consequences of support for the Tea Party.

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