Last night I went to one of the tax day “tea parties”–this one in lower Manhattan, by City Hall Park. I have a lot to say about my experience there, but I want to hold off for a little while. In the meantime, I wanted to provide readers with some of the most interesting links I’ve perused over the last few days.
Our regular readers will have already seen my previous thoughts, plus smart observations from Andrew Shankman. The website for the NYC event I attended is here. Wikipedia does an informative rundown of the 2009 history; see also the talk page. I found good advance coverage by David Weigel of the Washington Independent, who followed up by reporting on the Washington DC tea party here. Lawrence Downes was caustic about an earlier tea party event in the NYT; more interesting was this rundown of previous tax revolts in US history.
Samuel Adams biographer Ira Stoll graciously linked to this site in this Forbes piece: “Time for a Tea Party?“ So did John Fea of Messiah College, who records his observations of the Harrisburg, PA, tea party, and Jared Elosta of bottom up change, who began reporting what he saw in Boston.
Thom Hartmann offers historical perspective from the left in “The Real Boston Tea Party was an Anti-Corporate Revolt,” at CommonDreams.org (hat tip to PJT).
Glenn Reynolds of the University of Tennessee offers a sympathetic discussion of the movement’s political mobilization in the Wall Street Journal, and Jack Balkin of Yale Law School does a great follow-up to the Reynolds article.
From the right, Ross Kaminsky combats some left-wing stereotypes about the Tea Party in “Lunatic Left Wrong About Tea Parties,” in Human Events; Angry White Dude offers his thoughts. Supporters of the tea parties give a rundown of the day’s events at taxdayteaparty.com and redstate.com.
Skeptics have included Paul Krugman, Andrew Sullivan (also here), Amanda Marcotte, the folks at thinkprogress.org and buzzflash.com (see Ann Davidow), the Huffington Post, Robert Reich, and Rand Simberg (though he’s also somewhat of a supporter).
Anyone have other links to add? I’m not particularly interested in television coverage; if people have links to standard press coverage (or other opinions from any part of the political spectrum) then I’m more interested, particularly since I’ve found very little on the NYC protest I attended.
More links: Ross Douthat from the right, and Kos, Ezra Klein (with newer thoughts here), James Wolcott and Whiskey Fire from the left. Also, Jared Elosta (an Obama supporter) continues his Boston coverage.
Gordon Belt of the Posterity Project linked here with his own linky post (with some videos too).