If you believe the mainstream media, you might think that the Tea Party and the Occupy movement are polar opposites. The Tea Party are supposed to be rabid corporatists, while the Occupy movement is supposed to be vehemently opposed to any hint of corporate activity. Yet these media representations of the two movements are completely wrong. The two organisations are more similar than they are different.
Here’s an interesting blog post titled Open Letter From a Marine Tea Partier to All Occupiers. The post’s author points out that the two organisations have more in common than many people realise. So you have to wonder: who chooses to keep pushing the idea that they’re so different? Sure there’s the crazy side of all protest groups, but what about the original version of the Tea Party?
So why does the media persist in portraying these two organisations as opposites? Perhaps in some cases it’s because the alternative – a united group of citizens who share a desire to bring about real democratic change – is too terrifying. Don’t forget that behind most if not all mainstream media outlets is a large corporation that is quite happy with things as they are. Remember that old phrase: divide and conquer?