This writer has been accused of favoring the Occupy Providence activists over the Tea Partiers who have gathered at the State House from time to time. This is so hurtful.
Anyway, thank you, Rhode Island’s Future for posting a link to GoLocalProvidence, and Tom Sgouros, whose perceptive take on local and global economics is always worth checking out…
You’ll hear bad comparisons between these protests and the Tea Party protests. There are important parallels between them: both are fueled by people who (accurately) see their horizons needlessly blocked and who (accurately) see expenses rising and know that life in a rich country need not be so straitened. I think it’s important to see that both groups are part of the “99%” referred to in the Occupy protests.
The big difference I see is that the Tea Party leaders — the organizers, corporate funders, and Fox News hosts who did so much to drive turnout to the early events — see government as the only possible source of oppression and see salvation in the private sector, while the Occupy movement sees oppression — and salvation — in both the private and public sectors.
Sgouros lists some especially shocking examples of free-market gone wild– you can read the rest here.