Laurie Penny may as well be writing about the Tea Party

Laurie Penny is not only someone with whom I agree on many, if not most, issues. She is also a terrific writer. Her piece today for the New Statesman is one that’s well worth reading even if you don’t follow UK politics and don’t know who Nigel Farage is. There’s a lot about that UK Independence Party that should seem familiar to American readers and it’s interesting to see how “Populist Conservatism” manifests in other environments.

The anti-elite, anti-intellectual, xenophobes exist on both sides of the Atlantic, but their parties are like fun house mirror versions of each other. Only, in this case, both images are warped and disturbing.

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2 thoughts on “Laurie Penny may as well be writing about the Tea Party

    1. Yes, and yes, on both sides of the ocean. The appeal’s easy to see, isn’t it? Blame someone else for your problems (foreigners) and tell people that educated experts don’t really know any better than “plain folks.” I’m not totally surprised at the popularity, although I share your worries.

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