Tea Party vs. OWS: The psychology and ideology of responsibility

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November 3, 2011
The Moral Sciences Club
by Will Wilkinson  
Posted in Commentary

"The critical response of Reason editor-in-chief Matt Welch to Salon's 'New Declaration of Independence' is nicely illustrative of the libertarian's conservative-like attachment to individual responsibility. And this, I think, helps explain why self-described libertarians are more likely to identify with the Tea Party movement, which was launched by Rick Santelli's indignant rant about subsidizing 'losers'' mortgages, than with the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is founded on something like the assumption that individuals are caught in a web of socio-economic forces upon which only the collective action of organized class interests have any influence." (11/02/11)


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