Hear Paul Street Speak on the Tea Party Phenomenon at Left Forum in NYC on Saturday March 19

Paul Street is speaking alongside panelists Lance Selfa (of Socialstworker.org and International Socialist Review), Glen Ford (Executive Director Black Agenda Report), and Pam Chamberlain of Political Research Associates in a Left Forum panel on “Understanding and Responding to the Tea Party Threat” at Pace University in lower Manhattan (NYC) at 10 AM, Room E308. Here is a brief description of key panel questions from the Left Forum Web site:   Popular Resentment Abhors a Left Vacuum: Understanding and Responding to the Tea Party Threat” will examine a number of interrelated questions: * How do we explain the resurgence of the US Right, reflected in the rise and triumph of the Tea Party phenomenon in 2009 and 2010 and in the 2010 mid-term elections? * How should we understand “the Tea Party” as a social and political phenomenon? Is it really a grassroots, independent and anti-establishment popular movement (as it has been portrayed in dominant mass media)? Is it a racist development? Militarist? Proto-fascist? * What role have corporate and political elites and corporate media played in the rise of the Tea Party phenomenon? * How severe is the threat to democracy, social justice, and livable ecology posed by the Tea Party? What are the future prospects of the Tea Party? * How should left progressives respond to the Tea Party phenomenon and the broader threat posed by the resurgent right in the Age of Obama?” I will draw many of my comments from my new book (co-authored with Anthony DiMaggio): Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics

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